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August 29, 2009: Russia has sent an S-400 missile battalion to its border with North Korea. This was announced as a precautionary measure, to protect Russian territory from the risk of one of the many North Korean missile tests going astray. The move also puts more pressure on North Korea to get its act together. The number of North Koreans fleeing into Russia is increasing, and Russia fears that a political collapse in North Korea would send over a million refugees flooding into Russia. Russia also wants to get the S-400 some free publicity, to assist efforts to obtain export sales.

It was only two years ago that the first S-400 battalion (eight launchers, each with four missiles, plus a control center and radar, around Moscow) officially became operational. A second battalion was deployed in the same area, later in 2007. The Russians claim that this new system can detect stealth aircraft, implying that the hypothetical enemy is the United States.

 Russia also claims the S-400 can knock down short range ballistic missiles (those with a reentry speed of up to 5,000 meters a second, in the same way the similar U.S. Patriot system does.) S-400 has a longer range (at 400 kilometers) than Patriot (70 kilometers). Export efforts are hobbled by a lack of combat experience for the system. Patriot has knocked down aircraft and ballistic missiles, S-400 has not. Moreover, Russia anti-aircraft missile systems have a spotty history (especially when confronted by Western electronic countermeasures.) But Russia is already touting a new, S-500 system, that can knock down longer range ballistic missiles (with higher reentry speeds) and stealth aircraft. The missiles around Moscow are part of a project to rebuild the Soviet era air defense system, which has fallen apart since the early 1990s. The new system will be completed in about eight years. The S-500 will be available before that.

 

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mabie       8/29/2009 5:33:49 AM
I didn't realize the S-400 system was capable of intercepting illegal immigrants..http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emteeth.gif" alt="" />
 
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cyberstranger       8/29/2009 10:35:26 AM
Well said!http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emteeth.gif" alt="" />
 
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kisscatman       8/29/2009 11:07:55 AM
I really wish SP would use NATO designations instead of the Russian ones.  What is this S-400? An SA-12?
 
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razputin       8/29/2009 2:50:10 PM

I really wish SP would use NATO designations instead of the Russian ones.  What is this S-400? An SA-12?

Depending on components it coud be classified either as SA-20 or SA-21
 
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Toosh       8/29/2009 6:39:08 PM
If history is any guide the Russians had been send several battalions. Most Russian equipment is not very dependable so the more shots at the target the better. Most Russian equipment is junk, poorly maintained and with lousy service. A fact that India is learning the hard way.
 
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RL_CA       8/30/2009 4:37:43 AM

Junk or not ? pretty much trash talk. It is one of the most advanced systems out there.

 
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Andrei    Big Brother?   8/31/2009 12:28:54 AM
What if it is the other way around? The S-400 are there to protect the NK lauching pads. They are too near to them and too far from the possible Russia's possible targets. NK has just a few weapons and they are looking to high visibility targets; which are very far away. it would make more sense to deply S-400 around those targets.
 
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razputin       8/31/2009 1:19:28 AM

What if it is the other way around? The S-400 are there to protect the NK lauching pads. They are too near to them and too far from the possible Russia's possible targets. NK has just a few weapons and they are looking to high visibility targets; which are very far away. it would make more sense to deply S-400 around those targets.


Presicely
 
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RL_CA       8/31/2009 3:29:20 AM

?Protect? in the sense. There going to be whole signal intelligence soup out there:

newest Aegis based systems, airborne radars, etc. Kim himself waving hand.

 
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Herald12345    Clarifications.   8/31/2009 3:51:33 AM
There is a problem.
 
Radars and the curvature of the Earth.  Unless the Big Birds and Tin Shields have improved, the missiles and the RADARS have to be at point blank range (electronically speaking) to hit the targets in  boost phase as they climb above the radar horizon.  They cannot defend against US cruise missile attack unless co-located with the defended object. Russian territory is not close enough for that purpose.
 
 
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