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S-300VM Antey 2500
NATO reporting name: SA-23 Gladiator\Giant
9A83ME TEL - Antey-2500 SAM 02.jpg
Antey-2500 SAM at MAKS-2011
Type Transportable SAM system
Place of origin  Russia
Production history
Unit cost US$120 millions (1999)[1]

The S-300VM "Antey-2500" (NATO reporting name SA-23 Gladiator\Giant) is a Russian anti-ballistic missile system. The system is designed to defeat short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, aeroballistic and cruise missiles, fixed-wing aircraft, as well as loitering ECM platforms and precision-guided munitions.


Type Surface-to-air missile
Place of origin  Russia
Production history
Variants 9M82M, 9M83M
Specifications (9M82M[2])

200 kilometres (120 mi)
Flight altitude 30,000 metres (98,000 ft)

The 9M82M missile is intended to defeat tactical, theater and medium range ballistic missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 200 km. The Antey-2500 system is mounted on a tracked cross-country vehicle equipped with self-contained power supply and navigation systems, as well as surveying and positioning equipment.

System characteristics[edit]

The Antey-2500 air defense missile system features:

  • High degree of battle performance automation owing to high-speed digital computers
  • Passive phased array radars
  • Advanced radar data processing methods
  • High ECM immunity
  • High ability of autonomous operation
  • High mobility
  • High firepower potential, irrespective of air attack tactics or sequence
  • Vertical launch from a special transport launch canister
  • Maintenance-free operation of missiles for at least ten years
  • Capability to defeat ballistic missile individual warheads
  • Inertial guidance with radio command update and semi-active homing at the terminal phase
  • Focused detonation of the missile warhead

The Antey-2500 system comprises:

  • Command post
  • Circular scan radar
  • Sector scan radar
  • Multichannel missile guidance station (MMGS) (4)
  • 9A83M launcher (24)
  • 9A84M loader-launcher (24)
  • 9M82M air defense missiles
  • 9M83M air defense missiles
  • Maintenance vehicles
  • Maintenance and repair vehicles
  • Group SPTA set
  • Electronic trainer for MMGS operators
  • Transporter vehicles
  • Set of missiles handling equipment


  • S-300V: in service starting from 1983; 100 km range
  • S-300VM: 200 km range
  • S-300V4: in production; 300 km range


  •  Venezuela: 2 S-300VM of 4 was delivered in 2013[4]

Potential operators[edit]

  •  India: India is evaluating S-300 PMU-1/2 and S-300VM.[5]
  •  Saudi Arabia: Russia has offered Saudi Arabia the S-300VM as First Operator..[6]
  •  Turkey: Russia has offered Turkey the S-300VM.[7] But, Turkey has decided to buy the HQ-9 from China.
  •  Iran: Russia is offering Iran the S-300VM instead of the S-300PMU1 to avoid a lawsuit over the cancellation of the latter. [8][9]

See also[edit]


  • Russia's Arms Catalog 2004

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