Vityaz missile system

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50R6 (S-350E) Vityaz
Air Defence System "Vityaz" (english "Knight").JPG
50P6 missile launcher of S-350E system at 2013 MAKS Airshow
Type medium-range SAM system
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service under development (since 2009)
Production history


GSKB Almaz-Antey (lead designer)
MKB Fakel (missile designer)
Manufacturer Northwest Regional Center of Almaz-Antey (GOZ, ZRTO)

The 50R6 Vityaz missile system (Russian: ЗРК Витязь) or S-350E[1] is a Russian medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed by GSKB Almaz-Antey. Its purpose is to replace the S-300PS and S-300PT-1A. The system design traces its roots from the joint South Korean/Russian KM-SAM project.

Design and development[edit]

The 50R6A Vityaz missile system consists of:

  • 1-2 50N6A multifunctional passively electronically scanned array radar stations.[2] 360° coverage for early detection, target illumination and missile guidance.[3]
  • 1 50K6A command post, fully autonomous combat work with interaction with other remote systems.[4]
  • 1-8 50P6 launcher (12-96 missiles).
    • 9M96/9M96E(E2) guided missiles; passive guidance and other missiles with active homing guidance.[4] 12–120 km (7.5–74.6 mi) range, aerodynamic control surfaces and jet engines of control surfaces.
    • 9M100 guided missiles; 10–15 km (6.2–9.3 mi) range; infrared active homing; aerodynamic control surfaces and jet engines of control; maximum maneuver G 60-20 surfaces.[5]

Basic performance characteristics of the S-350:[6][7]

  • Maximum number of simultaneously engaged targets:
    • Aerodynamic - 16
    • Ballistic - 12
  • Maximum number of simultaneously induced missiles - 32
  • Affected area of aerodynamic purposes:
    • Range - 1.5–120 km (0.93–74.56 mi)
    • Height - 10 m-30 km (98,000 ft)
  • Affected area of ballistic targets:
    • Range - 1.5–30 km (0.93–18.64 mi)
    • Height - 2–25 km (6,600–82,000 ft)
  • Deployment time - 5 minutes

All vehicles are based on a Bryansky Avtomobilny Zavod chassis. The naval version with 9M96E guided missile under development would be called Redut.[8]

After a delay, testing is expected to be completed in 2014. Mass production is expected to begin in 2015, and deliveries to the Russian Military are expected in 2016. The system would replace older versions of the S-300, and complement other systems including the newer S-300 versions, Morfey, Buk, Tor, Pantsir-S1, S-400 and S-500.[9]

Scheduled to receive 30 systems by 2020.[10] Production begins in 2015.[11]


[12] 9M96E2 9M96E 9M100
Minimum range 1 km 1 km 1 km
Maximum range 120 km 60 km 40 km
Minimum altitude 5 m 5 m _
Maximum altitude 30 km (98,000 ft) 20 km (66,000 ft) _
Speed 1,800 m/s (Mach 5.3) _ _
Weight 420 kg (930 lb) 333 kg (734 lb) _
Length 5.65 m (18.5 ft) 4.75 m (15.6 ft) 2.5 m (8.2 ft)
Diameter 240 mm (9.4 in) 240 mm (9.4 in) 125 mm (4.9 in)
Warhead weight 24 kg (53 lb) 24 kg (53 lb) _


In September 2017, it was reported that the missile system was deployed in the town of Masyaf in Hama province, Syria, delivered from Russia via the Tartus port.[13]


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