Putin deploys super-weapon in revenge for Turkey shooting down Russian fighter jet

Thursday, November 26, 2015
By Paul Martin

VLADIMIR Putin has deployed a fearsome Russian super-weapon to Syria in revenge for Turkey’s shooting down of Russian fighter jet.

By KATIE MANSFIELD
Express.co.uk
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

The Russian president’s battalions of the awesome S-400 anti-aircraft missiles signal not only a shift in the balance of power in the region but are a threat to coalition aircraft, as only the most sophisticated US stealth aircraft can evade the S-400’s cutting edge radar technology.

The Russians’ new arsenal have been stationed in Latakia, Syria days after Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, was reportedly killed by Syrian rebel soldiers.

The anti-aircraft system can detect both ballistic missiles and aircraft from 250 miles away – and shoot then from the sky with a near 100% kill rate.

Each S-400 battalion has up to 72 missiles, eight launchers, a control centre, two radars and a mast.

With a missile speed of 11,000mph an hour, a response time of less than 10 seconds and the class-leading 250 mile range , the S-400 is a potential threat to allied aircraft flying over Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Cyprus.

Only America’s B-2 Stealth bomber and F-22 fighter can fly close to the system without being detected.

The S-400, which can fire three types of missiles, is capable of targeting up to 36 airplanes and has the ability to not only shoot down planes, but also ballistic missiles, at an altitude of up to 30km.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “According to the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, an S-400 AA missile system will be projected to the Hmeymim airbase to ensure air defence in all directions.”

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