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Air Defense: Kazakhstan Defends The Corner Of No And Where
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February 24, 2009: Russia is selling Kazakhstan 40 refurbished S-300 surface-to-air missile launchers, and, presumably, the four S-300 missiles that normally go with each launcher. The launcher is mounted on a semi-trailer truck. Each 7 meter long missile, with its sealed container, weighs about a ton. Kazakhstan borders Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. So where does the air threat come from? Nowhere, actually. This deal is a feel-good measure that also provides Russia some protection from a long shot Chinese air attack via Kazak air space.

Russia is in the process of buying up to 200 S-400 surface-to-air missile launchers (each with four missiles) over the next six years. It is phasing out the older S-300 and S-200 systems. This would mean deploying at least 18 S-400 battalions in the next six years, and perhaps more than twenty. The S-400 is sometimes described as an improved version of the S-300. Basically, it is. This is how Russia prefers to develop weapons, making incremental improvements on a basic design, and doing so for decades if the system continues to be successful.

Roughly equivalent to the U.S. Patriot, the Russian built S-300 was known as the SA-10 to NATO, when the system first appeared in the early 1980s. S-300 missiles weigh 1.8 tons each and are 26 feet long and about 20 inches in diameter. The missiles have a range of some 200 kilometers and can hit targets as high as 100,000 feet. The missile has a 320 pound warhead.

Price was not mentioned, but since Russia trying to interest Kazakhstan in joining a closer military organization, similar to NATO, but led by Russia, it's doubtful that the Kazakhs are paying much. Probably a few hundred thousand dollars per launcher (with missiles) if that. Every four or so launchers has a radar vehicle and trucks with maintenance and repair equipment.

 

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Softwar    Say... How Much for that Missile?   2/24/2009 10:16:50 AM
Looks like someone else is in S-300 the market ...  Hmmmm .... I wonder....
 
Better Targets and Russian SAMs on USAF T&E Shopping List
Aviation Week & Space Technology Feb 23 , 2009, p. 54
 
Hostile systems on the ranges also need updating. Tests with these proved their worth over simulations in the Tonopah range in the 1980s when a Soviet SA-9 infrared-guided surface-to-air missile ?tracked the aircraft and not the flare,? says Manclark. ?It shows the real importance of getting the actual systems. We like simulators for training, but when we do electronic attack, it?s better to have the real thing. We?re very big on our foreign materials program,? he adds. Top of the acquisition list is a Russian S-300PMU2 (SA-20) air defense missile system.
 
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Librarian    Conspiracy time?   2/24/2009 7:39:02 PM
Of course, the article assumes that Kazakhstan is the actual recipient of the weapons and that they won't get diverted to Iran.  Then again, maybe I'm just being cynical.
 
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Lance Blade    Softwar   2/26/2009 6:13:55 PM

Looks like someone else is in S-300 the market ...  Hmmmm .... I wonder....

 

Better Targets and Russian SAMs on USAF T&E Shopping List

Aviation Week & Space Technology Feb 23 , 2009, p. 54

 


Hostile systems on the ranges also need updating. Tests with these proved their worth over simulations in the Tonopah range in the 1980s when a Soviet SA-9 infrared-guided surface-to-air missile ?tracked the aircraft and not the flare,? says Manclark. ?It shows the real importance of getting the actual systems. We like simulators for training, but when we do electronic attack, it?s better to have the real thing. We?re very big on our foreign materials program,? he adds. Top of the acquisition list is a Russian S-300PMU2 (SA-20) air defense missile system.


Don't you guys already have at least one batallion of those S-300?
 
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Softwar    Lance Blade reply   2/27/2009 12:18:01 PM
I don't know if we already obtained the S-300.  It wouldn't surprise me.  The Russians offered to sell us fully functional, warhead equipped SS-N-22 Sunburns at one point.
 
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Krenkel    To the author    3/2/2009 5:07:28 AM
"Price was not mentioned, but since Russia trying to interest Kazakhstan in joining a closer military organization, similar to NATO, but led by Russia, it's doubtful that the Kazakhs are paying much."
 
Kazakhstan doesn't need to attracted for this military organization (the CSTO) because it is already a member of it. Since 2002, by the way. ;-)
 
 
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