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Russia Signs New S-300 Missile Deal With Almaz-Antei

RIA Novosti

12:47 12/03/2012

MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry has signed a three-year deal with air-defense missile systems manufacturer Almaz-Antei for delivery of S-300V4 (SA-12 Giant/Gladiator) air defense missile systems, the ministry said on Monday.

The deal was signed by Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Almaz-Antei director Vladislav Menshchikov.

"In accordance with the contract, three battalions of S-300V4s will be delivered and put in service in Russia's southern military district, the Ministry said.

The S-300 system is a family of long-range air defense missile systems capable of engaging all types of airborne threats including UAVs, helicopters and planes, and ballistic and cruise missiles. The S-300 system is widely acknowledged as one of the most capable systems of its type in the world.

The S-300V4 is the latest modernized variant of the S-300V and VM systems and has higher performance thanks to the use of uspecified upgraded elements.

Independent think-tank Air Power Australia claims the S-300V4 upgrade will be designated by NATO as the SA-23 system.

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