|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|
|Used by||See Operators|
|Unit cost||US$120 millions (1999)|
|200 (250)km 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.
|Place of origin||Russia|
|Used by||See Operators|
|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
- 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
- 9A83M launcher (typical amount 12) includes radar of illumination and targeting as well as *brains* of the radar
- 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).
- S-300V: entered service in 1983; 100 km range
- S-300VM: 200 km range
- S-300V4: in service since 2013; 400 km range
- Egypt : Antey-2500, Entered service in November 2014 
- India : It bought S-300VM anti-missile platforms from Russia.
- Russia : ordered more than three S-300V4 divisions by 2015
- Venezuela: 2 S-300VM in 1 air defense battalion
- North Korea KN-06
- Algeria: In November 2015 Algeria was negotiating the purchase of several divisions of this system. 
- Turkey: Turkey was in talks with Russian officials for a co-production deal before the Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown incident.  
- Saudi Arabia: Russia has offered Saudi Arabia the S-300VM as First Operator.[clarification needed]
- 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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