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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
Service history
In service 2013
Used by See Operators
Production history
Designer Almaz-Antey
Designed 2000s
Manufacturer Almaz-Antey
Unit cost US$120 millions (1999)[1]
Produced 2013
Variants See Variants

200 (250)km[2] against MRBMs

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
Service history
In service 2013
Used by See Operators
Production history
Designer Almaz-Antey
Designed 2000s
Manufacturer Almaz-Antey
Produced 2013
Variants 9M82M, 9M83M
Specifications (9M82M[3])

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 electronically scanned array radars with advanced data processing methods
  • High ECM immunity
  • High mobility and autonomous operation
  • 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 mid-course update and semi-active radar homing at the terminal phase
  • Focused detonation of the missile warhead

The Antey-2500 system comprises:

  • Command post
  • Circular and sector scan radars
  • Multichannel missile guidance station (MMGS) (typical amount 4 (enough to hit 24 targets) - technically no more than 6 (The command post of the S-300V can not simultaneously engage more than 24 goals))
  • 9A82M launcher (typical amount 8) includes radar of illumination and targeting as well as *brains* of the radar[4]
  • 9A83M launcher (typical amount 12) includes radar of illumination and targeting as well as *brains* of the radar[5]
  • 9A84M loader-launcher (technically no more than 24)
  • 9M82M and 9M83M air defense missiles
  • Maintenance, repair, and transport vehicles
  • Group SPTA set
  • Electronic trainer for MMGS operators
  • Set of missile handling equipment

Technical ability to use 1-2 additional battalions.

One system configuration - external command post, CP of the S-300V and every radars of S-300V and the outside radars, other external elements. This is the central core, for it served a few battalions of S-300V system. All battalions at full strength of S-300V system (CP of the S-300V and every radars of the S-300V, and a few launchers with radars, and a few launchers without radars).[6]


  • S-300V: entered service in 1983; 100 km range
  • S-300VM: 200 km range[7]
  • S-300V4: in service since 2013; 400[8][9] km range


Map with S-300VM operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

  •  Egypt : Antey-2500, Entered service in November 2014 [10][11][12]
  •  India : It bought S-300VM anti-missile platforms from Russia.[13][14]
  •  Russia : ordered more than three S-300V4 divisions by 2015[15]
    • 2 divisions in the Southern Military District[16][17]
    • 3 batteries in the Western Military District[18]
    • Three more batteries (1 division) delivered on July 2, 2015.[19]
  •  Venezuela: 2 S-300VM in 1 air defense battalion[20]
  •  North Korea KN-06
  •  Iran: Russia is offering Iran the S-300VM instead of the S-300PMU1 to avoid a lawsuit over the cancellation of the latter.[21][22]
  •  India proposals

Potential operators[edit]

  •  Turkey: Turkey has is currently in talks with Russian officials for a co-production deal [23] [24]
  •  Saudi Arabia: Russia has offered Saudi Arabia the S-300VM as First Operator.[clarification needed][25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.deagel.com/Air-Defense-Systems/S-300VM_a000372005.aspx/
  2. ^ http://www.almaz-antey.ru/en/catalogue/millitary_catalogue/
  3. ^ "S-300V/Antey 2500 (SA-12 'Gladiator/Giant')". Jane's Information Group. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. [dead link]
  4. ^ http://pvo.guns.ru/s300v/s300v_5.htm
  5. ^ http://pvo.guns.ru/s300v/s300v_5.htm
  6. ^ http://rbase.new-factoria.ru/missile/wobb/c300v/c300v.shtml
  7. ^ S-300VM Antey-2500 SA-23 Gladiator Giant air defense missile system
  8. ^ http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20150110/1041996381.html
  9. ^ http://missilethreat.com/russian-army-puts-service-long-range-missile-s-300v4-system-source/
  10. ^ ""Алмаз-Антей": российская зенитная ракетная система "Антей-2500" поствлена в Египет". ТАСС. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Алмаз-Антей : российская зенитная ракетная система Антей-2500 поствлена в Египет". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  12. ^ ""Алмаз-Антей": российская зенитная ракетная система "Антей-2500" поствлена в Египет". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ballistic Missile Defence for India". Bharat Rakshak. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  14. ^ India’s Missile Defense: Is the Game Worth the Candle?
  15. ^ Administrator. "Минобороны РФ подписало трехлетний контракт на поставку ЗРС С-300В4 - Военный Обозреватель". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  16. ^ http://itar-tass.com/armiya-i-opk/1660936
  17. ^ http://www.armstrade.org/includes/periodics/news/2014/1223/102027179/detail.shtml
  18. ^ http://www.siberianinsider.com/russian-military-receives-second-batch-of-new-s-300v4-air-defense-systems.html
  19. ^ http://www.armstrade.org/includes/periodics/news/2015/0702/102029983/detail.shtml
  20. ^ Денис Тельманов. "Венесуэла получила российский комплекс ПВО С-300ВМ". Известия. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Russia Offers Iran New Replacement for S-300 – Paper". RIANOVOSTI. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Lenta.ru: Оружие: Вооружение: Россия назвала условия поставки комплексов С-300 Ирану". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  23. ^ http://in.rbth.com/news/2015/05/06/turkey_shows_interest_in_russian_air_defense_systems_russias_arms_export_42987.html
  24. ^ http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/nato-beware-turkey-may-buy-russias-s-300-air-defense-system-12822
  25. ^ "::". Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  • Russia's Arms Catalog 2004

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