MOSCOW, April 28 (RIA Novosti)
The Russian Defense Ministry has resumed large-scale procurements of modernized S-300V surface-to-air missile systems, the manufacturer said on Saturday.
“The State Defense Order through 2020 provides for significant volumes of procurement of modernized S-300V air defense systems,” Almaz-Antei’s general director Vladislav Menshchikov said.
Almaz-Antei’s former design bureau chief Igor Ashurbeili previously said S-300 production for the needs of the Russian military had stopped and that there were only export contracts.
However, in early March the Defense Ministry signed a three-year deal with Almaz-Antei for delivery of S-300V4 air defense missile systems.
The S-300 system is a family of long-range air defense missile systems capable of engaging all types of airborne targets including UAVs, helicopters and planes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles.
Almaz-Antei said in early April it would build a new air defense systems plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region by 2015.
The company manufactures S-300 and S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems among other products.
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- BankolettiS-300P and S-300V...19:42, 28/04/2012...are entirely different systems.
- aTRUE! Not the same..20:11, 29/04/2012TRUE!
S-300MPU2 are not in prod. any longer.
The company manufactures (now)ONLY "S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems among other products."
S-300V will be upgraded to S-300V4 (those are anti-ballistic missiles, before also known as Antei-2500)
These 2 missile systems will be replaced by S-500
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