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Russian Aerospace Forces to Get State of the Art S-500 Air Defense Systems

11:10 15.04.2016 (updated 12:15 15.04.2016)

The Russian Armed Forces are reportedly planning to purchase ten S-500 battalions.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Aerospace Forces are expecting the appearance of new models of the S-500 air defense systems soon, Russian Aerospace Forces Vice Commander Lt.-Gen. Viktor Gumenny said Friday.

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” Gumenny said on Russia’s Rossiya-24 television.

Russia’s newest S-500 Prometey system, which is expected to begin tests shortly, will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex and will, according to member of the advisory council of the Military-Industrial Commission Viktor Murakhovsky, be second to none.

Original post sputniknews.com


S-500 Prometheus 55R6M Triumfator-M air defense missile system

The S-500 “Prometheus” (Russian name 55R6M Triumfator-M) is the latest generation of Russian-made surface-to-air defense missile system, currently under development by the Russian Defense Company Almaz-Antey company. According to Russian sources, the S-500 is an advanced version of S-400 with dedicated components designed to intercept ballistic missiles at a height of up to 200 km. The S-500 is designed for intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles and for air defense against Airborne Early Warning and Control and jamming aircraft. The first development of the S-500 was started in 2009 with first prototype completed in 2012. In 2011, Almaz-Antey has announced that the first production system of the S-500 will be completed in 2014. In December 2015, the newspaper website Spunik has released that the Russian Armed Forces could receive the first preproduction prototypes of the next-generation S-500 air defense system in 2016. The S-500 is expected to have an extended range of up to 600 km (over 370 miles) and simultaneously engage up to 10 targets. The system will be capable of destroying hypersonic and ballistic targets. The S-500’s interceptors will operate at an altitude higher than 185km. The system will have a response time of about three to four seconds, which is considerably shorter than the S-400 which is rated at nine to ten seconds. It also has an extended radar range compared to S-400.

S-500_77P6_air_defense_missile_system_TEL_Transporter_Erector_Launcher_vehicle_Russia_Russian_defence_industry_640_001 77P6 Self Propelled Transporter Erector Launcher of S-500 Prometheus

Missile launcher unit

The 77P6 Self Propelled Transporter Erector Launcher of S-500 Prometheus appears to be based on the proposed 9A82MK TELAR for the S-300VMK 9M82M Giant missile. According to the first drawing releases on the Almaz-Antey 2015 Calendar, the S-500 TEL is equipped with two Missile Launch Tube / Transport Container mounted at the rear of the truck chassis. In firing position, two hydraulic jacks are lowered to the ground on each side of the truck chassis and the missiles containers are placed at the vertical to the rear side.


77N6-N & 77N6-N1 Missiles at an Integration Rig @indiandefensenews.in

The S-500 Prometheus uses two new types of missile the 77N6-N and 77N6-N1, the first Russian missiles with inert warheads, which can destroy nuclear warheads by force of impact, i.e., by hitting them with precision at great speed. No explosives are needed: Russian engineers’ estimates show that a collision at a speed of 7km/s would be sure to destroy just about any flying object.


All battery components of the S-500 Prometheus are carried on hardened BZKT BAZ-6909 family vehicles, in 6 x 6, 8 x 8, 10 x 10 configurations. The BAZ-6909 is a family of all-terrain truck chassis produced and manufactured by the Russian Company Bryansk Motor Vehicle Plant. This family includes 6×6, 8×8, 10×10 heavy high mobility trucks, prime movers, artillery tractors, with a payload capacity of 13-21 t. The mobile launcher unit TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) is based on the chassis of BAZ-69096 trucks in 10×10 configuration. The BAZ-6909 can run at a maximum speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.

Command and control vehicles

The S-500 Prometheus is expected to use the following radars: the 91N6A(M) acquisition and battle management radar, the revised 96L6-TsP acquisition radar, and the new 76T6 multimode engagement and 77T6 ABM engagement radars. The 96L6-TsP Acquisition Radar is a direct derivative of the 96L6-1 series used an a battery acquisition radar in the S-400. Battle management and ABM acquisition will be performed by the 91N6A(M) Big Bird Acquisition and Battle Management Radar, an evolution of the 64N6E series, typically used to support multiple S-300P/S-400 batteries. Two battery command post types are listed, the 55K6MA which is clearly an evolution of the S-400 55K6E battery command post, and the 85Zh6-2, which may refer to a command post for an extended battery.


Long range surface-to-air missile systems
Country users
Designer Company
Almaz Central Design Bureau
Deployment time
To deploy system from traveling position to set system assets : 5 – 10 min
At ready from deployed position : 3 min
Two missiles in individual container
Range missile
77N6-N : 600 km ballistic missile, 400 km air targets
77N6-N1 :
Guidance system
Command and active radar
Radar and command station
Command posts 55K6MA and 85Zh6-2 on BAZ-69092-12 6×6; the acquisition and battle management radar 91N6A(M), a modification of the 91N6 (Big Bird) towed by the BAZ-6403.01 8×8 tractor; the 96L6-TsP acquisition radar, an upgraded version of the 96L6 (Cheese Board) on BAZ-69096 10×10; the multimode engagement radar 76T6 on BAZ-6909-022 8×8; the ABM engagement radar 77T6 on BAZ-69096 10×10


Source armyrecognition.com


Soryu submarine arrives in Sydney Harbour; first Japanese sub to visit since WWII

ABC News

By defence reporter Andrew Greene April 15, 2016

A Japanese submarine has entered Sydney Harbour for the first time since World War II, just weeks before the Federal Government is tipped to announce which country will build Australia’s future subs fleet.

With very little fanfare, JS Hakuryu sailed through the heads about 11:00am, accompanied by two Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force warships and led by HMAS Ballarat.

The Soryu class Hakuryu is the first Japanese submarine to enter Sydney Harbour in three quarters of a century, and will take part in Exercise Nichi Gou Trident with the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy.

“This exercise, which has been conducted between Australia and Japan since 2009, is an opportunity to develop and enhance the bilateral naval relationship by practising maritime skills and improving levels of interoperability between our two navies,” the Defence Department said in a statement.

“This is the first opportunity to conduct the exercise off Sydney.”

Japanese midget submarine retrieved from Sydney Harbour, 1942Photo: Japanese midget submarines were retrieved from Sydney Harbour in 1942. (Ronald Noel Keam (060696): Australian War Memorial)

The Defence Department said the joint exercise aimed to “improve interoperability and mutual understanding” between the two navies.

HMAS Ballarat, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Success will take part in the exercise, along with aviation elements including Navy’s 816 Squadron’s S-70B Seahawks and the Air Force’s AP-3C Orion and Hawk 127 aircraft.

Japanese officials were also using the opportunity to show off the capability of their high-tech Soryu class submarine that Tokyo hopes would be selected as the preferred model for Australia’s future submarine fleet.

Japan is locked in a Competitive Evaluation Process with France and Germany to decide who will be selected for the lucrative $50 billion defence contract.

Japanese midget subs sunk in 1942

Japanese Soryu class submarine Hakuryu enters Sydney Harbour - still 2Photo: The Soryu class Hakuryu will take part in an exercise with the Australian Navy

The historic arrival of the Japanese submarine has revived memories of 1942, when then-Imperial Japan famously slipped three midget subs into Australian waters, attacking Sydney and Newcastle and sinking the converted ferry HMAS Kuttabul, killing 21 sailors.

Jean Nysen, 93, was then serving in the Women’s Royal Australian Navy (WRANS).

“It was a terrible shock and we couldn’t do anything about it,” she said.

“They were building the boom net and they were preparing people for any invasion.”



 See related post:

Japan’s Deadliest Sub to Join Australia’s Navy in Military Drill

Australia’s Future Submarine Program Enters Next Phase

See details of Soryu class Submarine: HERE


Russia blamed for crashing Swedish air traffic control to test electronic warfare capabilities

By Mary-Ann Russon

April 14, 2016 16:48 BST

Sources in the Swedish government have blamed Russian intelligence for causing a major cyberattack on Sweden’s air traffic control system that lasted for at least five days in November 2015, allegedly due to Russia testing out its electronic warfare capabilities.

Between 4-9 November 2015, hundreds of domestic and international flights were grounded at multiple airports across Sweden due to its air traffic control system going offline. The attack caused the radar systems to stop working, which made the computer screens to go blank. This meant that air traffic controllers were unable to see any aircraft on their screens at all.

At the time, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration publicly blamed a solar storm for knocking out air traffic control systems, which also impacted radar stations in Norway and Estonia. According to a Swedish military leaks news site, however, the real story was much deeper.

Anonymous sources told Aldrimer.no that during the attack, Swedish authorities traced the source of the attack to an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group that has previously been linked to the Russian military intelligence agency, Spetsnaz GRU. Although Sweden is not part of Nato, it was so concerned that it sent urgent messages warning neighbouring countries that are Natoallies about the ongoing cyberattacks.

“The message was passed on to NATO either by Sweden’s National Defence Radio Establishment [Försvarets radioanstalt, FRA] or the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service [Militära underrättelse- och säkerhetstjänsten, MUST],” a senior Nato source told Aldrimer.no.


This is the Krasukha-4. It is a highly sophisticated electronic warfare system that is now being used to cloak its actions in Syria from NATO, as well as from IS and other rebel groups. VItay V.Kuzmin, Wikimedia Commons

The source also says that at the same time that Sweden issued its warning to neighbouring Nato countries, at the same time Nato independently detected that Russia instigated electronic warfare activity in the Baltic Sea region that was jamming air traffic communication channels. Nato traced the signals and they led to a large radio tower in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, to the south of Lithuania.

In October 2015, a month before the cyberattack on Sweden’s air traffic control systems, a leading electronic warfare expert reported that Russia was using electronic warfare to both jam Islamic State (Isis) communications in Syria, as well as to mask its military activities from Nato.

The Swedish Civil Aviation Administration is currently investigating the true cause of the air traffic control system outage, but currently is not ready to release results from its analysis of data during the attack. Nato and the Swedish Armed Forces have both said they cannot comment on the issue.

Original post @ibtimes.co.uk


Наземный модуль радиоэлектронного подавления 1РЛ257Э Красуха-4 (1RL257E Krasukha-4)

1РЛ257Э Красуха-4 (1RL257E Krasukha-4)МАКС-2015 – Комплексы ПВО, РЭБ, БПЛА и прочее (MAKS-2015 – Air defence, EW, UAV and other) | Vitaly V. Kuzmin МАКС-2015 – Комплексы ПВО, РЭБ, БПЛА и прочее (MAKS-2015 – Air defence, EW, UAV and other) | Vitaly V. KuzminThe business end of the Krasukha-S4 mobile ground-to-air X-band jammer includes three large reflectors, each with its own robust feed system, and a mast-mounted set of horn-type receive antennas. Credit: Bill Sweetman/AW&ST @w54.biz

Russian Electronic Warfare Updates

A new and complementary jammer, the 1RL257E Krasukha-S4, is being delivered to the military this year, according to Kret. It is an X-band system designed for use against tactical airborne radars and AGS systems. Both Krasukha systems can operate independently, but are mainly intended to work as part of a multiplatform electronic attack force, with multiple, widely separated jammer locations used to increase the chances of jamming through a target’s main beam. @w54.biz

Actual picture from Syria of 1RL257E Krasukha-4 @theriseofrussia.blogspot.com

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Комплексы РЭБ “Красуха-4”- Грозное оружие против любых воздушных целей

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