Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumph’ anti-aircraft missile system can spot low flying planes and those with special radar-evading stealth air-frames.
“For the S-400 there is no such thing as “stealth” aircraft, the system will see it and will shoot it down,” an S-400 battery commander was quoted as saying in several Russian media outlets.
The missile system is deployed by an Airspace Command regiment deployed outside Moscow. The S-400 entered into Russian military service in 2007.
The S-400 can “see” everything both in the air and on the ground, and can easily discern even a tiny aircraft from, say, a truck moving on the ground, the commander reportedly said.
“Even if a plane is flying low and with the same speed as a vehicle moving on the ground, the radar will show it on the screen,” the officer said.
With the S-400 guarding the skies, no incident like Mathias Rust’s landing his Cessna plane on Red Square in 1987 is possible because the system will immediately track down any potential violation of the Russian airspace.
The S-400 Triumph new-generation medium and long-range anti-aircraft missile system was designed to shoot down all existing and future aerial and space attacks, from spy planes to tactical and strategic bombers to ballistic missiles.
Each S-400 can simultaneously engage up to 36 targets with up 72 missiles ready to fly at a moment’s notice.
The S-400 uses three different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope. These are the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missiles.