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|S-300VM Antey 2500
NATO reporting name: SA-23 Gladiator\Giant
Antey-2500 SAM at MAKS-2011
|Type||Transportable SAM system|
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Unit cost||US$120 millions (1999)|
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.
|Place of origin||Russia|
|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.
The Antey-2500 air defense missile system features:
- high degree of battle performance automation owing to high-speed digital computers;
- 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
- Russia S-300V4 ordered more than three divisions by 2015
- Venezuela: 2 S-300VM of 4 was delivered in 2013
- India: India is evaluating S-300 PMU-1/2 and S-300VM.
- Saudi Arabia: Russia has offered Saudi Arabia the S-300VM as First Operator..
- Turkey: Russia has offered Turkey the S-300VM. 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. 
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- "Ballistic Missile Defence for India". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "Russia Offers Iran New Replacement for S-300 – Paper". RIANOVOSTI. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Russia's Arms Catalog 2004
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