A video aired on Russian national television revealed this Russia It is developing a new specialized missile for its anti-aircraft system S-400. The new weapon promises to improve the range and power of the current 48N6 anti-aircraft missile.
Confirmation of development of new missile
Dmitry Medvedev, Secretary of the Council of the Russian Federation, verified the information presented in the video, saying that the program seeks to provide a missile with greater capabilities in range, accuracy and power of its warhead. This development has the potential to change the military strategic landscape, given the system’s already recognized effectiveness S-400.
Mainly, the S-400 using the series 48N6 missiles, capable of hitting air targets at a range of 150 km and intercepting ballistic missiles at a range of 60 km with a 143 kg fragmentation warhead. The missile under development is an upgrade of the 48N6, now for ground attack purposes.
Although concrete information is still pending, expectations lean towards a missile with a range of over 150 km and a warhead weighing over 180 kg, significantly increasing its destructive potential.
Tests and characteristics of the new missile
The videos show that the new missile was tested at the Kapustin Yar training ground. Russian officials have touted its radio guidance and its “high accuracy.” Although progress is evident, it is still in the early stages of development.
Implications of strengthening the S-400
He S-400 It is an anti-aircraft system already noted for its versatility and power. Adding a ground attack capability would make it an even more valuable resource in strategic terms. This discovery is not only harmful RussiaBut in countries that have adopted this system, etc Turkey itself e India.
To provide context, a standard battery S-400 It consists of several essential components: a command post, a detection and tracking radar and several rocket launchers. Missiles. These missiles carry four to six missiles. He S-400 It is capable of firing a wide variety of missiles to engage a wide range of targets, from fighter jets to ballistic missiles.
One of the most frequently used missiles 48N6, up to 150 km. He 40N6400 km 9M96, a short range missile of 120 km. These can be fitted with various warheads, including high-explosive fragmentation warheads, to improve their effectiveness against different targets.