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Russian S-400 “Triumf” Air Defense System Uses Western Electronic Components?

The 40N6E guided missile used in the S-400 air defense system is the newest and has the longest effective range, making it the most strategic air defense system in Russia. This guided missile was introduced just a few years ago, with an effective range of up to 400 kilometers.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — Ukrainian weapons experts have found that the guided missiles belonging to the Russian S-400 “Triumf” air defense system have some components originating from Western countries.

They discovered that the 40N6E guided missile used by the formidable S-400 air defense system was manufactured by Russia’s “enemy” countries.

The Ukrainian weapons experts who made this discovery have informed Western countries that supplied electronic components for these guided missiles used in the S-400 air defense system.

The 40N6E guided missile used in the air defense system has a range of up to 400km.

In addition to Russia, this high-powered guided missile is also used by Turkey.

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S-400 “Triumf”

 

Due to its high capabilities, Turkey has been reluctant to relinquish the S-400 air defense system, even in the face of strong reactions from the United States, which removed Ankara from the F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet development program.

Acquired in 2019, the S-400 air defense system obtained by Turkey became a source of tension between Ankara and Washington.

 Ankara signed an agreement with Moscow in 2017 to acquire the Russian S-400 air defense system, which was estimated to be worth $2.5 billion (RM10 billion).

The first regiment of the S-400 system was delivered to Turkey in 2019. Turkey decided to acquire the S-400 air defense system after its negotiations to purchase the Patriot air defense system from the United States failed.

 The United States did not provide a reason for refusing to sell the Patriot air defense system to Turkey.

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The failure to obtain the Patriot air defense system led Turkey to pursue the acquisition of the S-400 from Russia, which offered an attractive package to Ankara, including technology transfer and the ability to produce the guided missiles in Turkey.

Since the conflict between Russia and Ukraine began in February of the previous year, Ukrainian weapons experts have been studying Russian weaponry in an effort to identify components made in Western countries.

As soon as they discover Western components in Russian weapons systems, the Ukrainian experts report their findings to the relevant Western countries.

The main purpose of these activities by Ukrainian weapons experts is to exert pressure on Western countries to prevent the sale of critical components to Russia and to comply with the international economic sanctions imposed on Russia.

Recently, components made by a Swiss company were also found in Russia’s “Verba” shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile system.

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S-400 radar

 

The 40N6E guided missile used in the S-400 air defense system is the latest and has the longest range, making it Russia’s most strategic air defense system.

This guided missile was introduced only a few years ago, with an effective range of up to 400km and equipped with an active radar seeker.

 However, information about the guidance system for the S-400 is still inconclusive, except that it is claimed to be able to operate in semi-active mode.

The primary targets for the S-400 air defense system are Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft (AWACS), transport planes, fighter jets, support aircraft, and electronic attack aircraft. For this reason, the S-400 air defense system is also referred to as an “anti-AWACS” air defense system. — DSA

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