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MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Russian anti-ballistic missile system has received a new long-range missile and is now capable of striking targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers, Almaz-Antey’s Chief Designer Pavel Sozinov told TASS on Thursday.
"S-300V4 is equipped with a new long-range missile that is capable of resolving tasks of non-strategic missile defense, among other things," Sozinov said.
The range of S-300V4 anti-ballistic missile system reaches 400 kilometers. "That means that Airborne early warning and control aircraft, including AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), will now be unable to enter the 400-kilometer zone without repercussions," he added.
Sozinov noted that this reduces the capabilities of a possible enemy in using fighter and attack aircraft, as well as "considerably changes noise conditions that can develop when corresponding attacks are repelled." "The same ideology lies at the basis of (S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system) and other systems, including those of fifth generation," the chief designer noted.
The supplies of S-300V4 systems to Russia’s Ground Forces began in 2014. The servicemen received two division sets of these systems which are considered to be more efficient than their predecessors by up to 2.5 times.
Late last year, the press service of the Almaz Antey air defense systems manufacturer told TASS the new longer range missiles for the S-300V4 systems were being developed, giving no further details.