Terrain-hugging aircraft cannot feel safe when confronted by Russia’s newest anti-aircraft missile developed for the S-400 and future S-500 systems, as it can reportedly hit targets flying a mere 10 meters above the ground.
The 40N6E interceptor missile specifications, shown at the booth of Almaz-Antey during the Army-2018 expo near Moscow, are probably the first ‘official’ figures related to the advanced weapon. The missile itself reportedly passed military trials in July, with first deliveries to deployed S-400 units expected in a matter of weeks.
According to a presentation slide published by bmpd, a popular Russian defense blog, the latest missile weighs around 1,893 kg (4,173 lbs), or about 2,600 kg (5732 lbs) when stored inside its sealed transport/launch container. When launched, the missile flies at an average speed of 1,190 meters per second (2,662 mph).
The interceptor can hit targets flying as low as 10 m (33 ft) and as high as 30 km (19 miles), disproving rumors that it was designed with a built-in anti-satellite capabilities. It can engage targets at a range of at least 5 km (3 miles). The maximum range for targeting aircraft with the 40N6E is 380 km (236 miles). The range for ballistic missiles is up to 15 km, according to the presentation.
This post originally appeared on SOTT.net