The S-400, Russia’s high-tech air defence system


Turkey on Friday received the first deliveries of Russia’s S-400 missile defence systems despite Washington threatening the NATO member with sanctions over the controversial deal.

The delivery marks a new high in warming ties between Ankara and Moscow. Here is what you need to know about Russia’s most modern anti-aircraft defence system. The Russian army began using the S-400, designed to intercept and shoot down any threat from the sky, in 2007.

According to its producer, the state-owned Almaz-Antey company, it has a range of 400 kilometres (250 miles) and can be deployed within just five minutes.

It consists of several vehicles: a command centre, various mobile radar stations and up to 12 launch vehicles that each carry four missiles. Read  More

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