The test launch of the S-400 missile opened the debate on whether it poses a threat to the Greek Air Force and whether with this system Turkey “locks” the Aegean as well as the majority of the Battle Wings that take off the blue wings
First of all, Russian media reports speak of failed test shots from Turkey, as they claim that they failed to hit the missile – the target for which it was intended. Maybe this is the real reason why they have not released – so far – videos from the Turkish Ministry of Defense, nor has there been any other leak that proves the opposite of the Russian allegations
Therefore, the return last night from Sinope to Ankara of the Russian anti-aircraft system, probably has to do in the context of the reorganization and not for the “calming of the US”, which should be considered certain that they will impose harsh sanctions in Turkey.
“The first military use of the S-400 missile defense system by the Turkish army failed due to Ankara’s refusal to assist Russian military specialists,” the Russian website wrote. The videos published by the Turks show the rocket launches and it all ends there.
Nowhere does the moment of the hit of the target seem to have been recorded, nor was there the sound of the explosion of the missile warhead, as informed by the experts, referred to by the website.
“Ankara has so far made no official statements about the rocket launches, however, the most surprising thing is that while the targets used, according to local media, for the S 400 were the right ones, nowhere did they appear in the sky, although “there were no clouds,” the statement said.
According to experts, the S-400 system can only be tested on missiles or fighter jets, but not on small drones. “The absence of a trace of a target flight, the absence of a missile warhead explosion and the straight flight path of a missile are worrying elements.”
However, the Turkish media reported that a total of three targets were hit, but in the numerous videos one can see only one launch, which also raises many questions.
Even a video posted from the S-400 test by Uğur Giresun, chairman of the ruling AKP party Sinop’s local branch, shows three striking launches from different angles but nowhere to hit a target or target.
Russian-Turkish S-400 deal background
Russia and Turkey signed a multi-billion dollar contract for the supply of S-400 Triumph air defense systems in 2017. The deal provoked strong discontent from the United States. Washington threatened Ankara with sanctions, and then expelled her from the F-35 fighter program.
On April 30, an official representative of the Turkish leader, Ibrahim Kalyn, announced the suspension of the transaction for the supply of S-400 systems due to the coronavirus.
What S-400 missile system is?
S-400 Triumph is a Russian long-range and medium-range anti-aircraft missile system, anti-aircraft missile system (SAM). S-400 is designed to destroy all modern and promising means of aerospace attack [including hypersonic].
According to Western analysts, the S-400, along with systems such as the Iskander OTRK and coastal anti-ship systems of the Bastion class, plays a key role in the new concept of the Russian Armed Forces, known in the West as the “Access Denied Zone” [Anti-Access / Area Denial, A2 / AD], which consists in the fact that NATO troops cannot be and move within the range of A2 / AD restricted area systems without the risk of causing unacceptable damage to them.
Triumph is the name of the export version. The market price of one division of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is about $ 500 million.
Technical characteristics of S-400 missile system
The performance characteristics of the S-400 Triumph are: detects a target at a distance of 600 km; strikes a target at a distance of 400 km; the maximum speed of the hit targets – 4.8 km / s; at the same time can fire 36 targets with pointing up to 72 missiles on them; deployment time of the system from the stowed state – 5-10 minutes; the time to bring the system’s assets into combat readiness from the deployed state is 3 minutes.
How does the Triumph air defense system work?
The S-400 Triumph is not just an installation for launching missiles, but a whole complex of coordinated and complex systems, the components of which are located on high-cross-country vehicles.
The entire process from detecting to destroying a target occurs automatically:
- The radar system (radar) detects hundreds of targets within a radius of 600 km and determines their nationality.
- Data is sent to the command post (55K6E). He, in turn, distributes targets between several launchers (5P85TE2).
- Each command post can simultaneously control eight air defense systems, each of which carries up to 12 launchers. They, in turn, accommodate four missiles with different masses, launch ranges and capabilities.
- Depending on the type of target, an air defense system selects a missile. The S-400 Triumph is armed with missiles with different weights, launch ranges and capabilities: 48N6E, 48N6E2, 48N6E3, 9M96E and 9M96E2.
- Ultra-long-range missiles (up to 400 km) are capable of destroying targets even beyond the reach of targeting locators, for which they have unique homing heads. After climbing at the command of such a rocket itself goes into search mode.