Daily Archives: May 19, 2016

Russia readies Vietnam’s fourth Gepard frigate for launch


19 May 2016

Russia’s Zelenodolsk Shipyard will launch a fourth Modified Gepard (Project 11661E)-class guided-missile frigate on order for the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) Navy on 25 May, the country’s TASS news agency reported on 17 May, citing company CEO Renat Mistakhov.

The platform’s third-in-class, which is also the first anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant, was launched in April 2016. The PAVN Navy commissioned its first two Modified Gepad-class ships, Dinh Tien Hoang (HQ 011) and Ly Thai Ho (HQ 012), in March and August 2011 respectively.

The two frigates under construction are expected to be delivered in August and September 2016 respectively, said Mistakhov.



Gepard project 11661

Guard ship project 11661 and project 11661К “Tatarstan”
1  Premises for pulling equipment, draworks and hook “Zarnitsa” 13  Antenna station of identification friend-or-foe system radiotechnical reconnaissance system REB “Start”
2  launching installation of surface-to-air guided missile system “Оsa-МА-2” 14  Basic (complex) Antenna station radio electronic complex “Monolith”
3  30-mm automatic plant АК-630М 15  Antenna station identification friend-or-foe system of radio electronic complex SUAO “Vimpel-А”
4  533-mm twin torpedo tubes (TTT)-53-1166 16  Pilot bridge
5  Antenna station of identification friend-or-foe system and radio electronic complex SUAO “Vimpel-А” 17  Pilot room
6  Antenna station of identification friend-or-foe system, fire-control system and surface-to-air missile system “Оsа-MА-2” 18  7,62-mm Kalashnikov tank machine gun
7  launching installation unguided missile hovering craft KG (Kalashnikov gun)-16 19  78-mm automatic plant АК 176
8  launching installation unguided missile hovering craft KG (Kalashnikov gun)-10 20  A/S rocket launcher \-6000
9  Antiship missile system “Uran” 21  Keel antenna dome of “Zarnitsa” hook
10  Sonar head “Start” 22  14,5-mm Vladimorov large-calibre machine-gun
11  Antenna station of target designation receive channel (RTCS JOM “Monolith”) 23  45-mm minute gun
12 Antenna station of radio electronic complex “Kivach” 24  Ducted thruster

Corvette Project 11661E type “Gepard-3.9” is designed to perform tasks of searching, tracking and control of surface, underwater and air targets, conducting convoy operations, patrol service, protection of economic zone.


  • Full displacement – 2100 tons;
  • Overall length – 105 m;
  • Width – 13, 7 m;
  • Cruising radius at a speed of 10 knots – about 5 thousand mile;
  • Full speed – over 30 knots (over 56 km/h);
  • Crew – 103 persons;
  • Endurance – 20 days
  • Displacement ship “Gepard” Р028, Р044 (“Cheetah”) plant reduction gear  

Data @eurotransgaz.hu

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Range of Russian S-300V4 system with new missile reaches 400 km


May 19, 11:04

Russian S-300V4 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, manufacturer says

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.

Original post tass.ru


S300V4 (SA-23)

The S-300VM (Antey 2500) is an upgrade to the S-300V. It consists of a new command post vehicle, the 9S457ME and a selection of new radars. These consist of the 9S15M2, 9S15MT2E and 9S15MV2E all-round surveillance radars, and the 9S19ME sector surveillance radar. The upgraded guidance radar has the Grau index 9S32ME. The system can still employ up to six TELARs, the 9A84ME launchers (up to 4 × 9M83ME missile) and up to 6 launcher/loader vehicles assigned to each launcher (2 × 9M83ME missile each). An upgraded version, dubbed S-300V4 will be delivered to the Russian army in 2011.

The Antey-2500 complex is the export version developed separately from the S-300 family and has been exported to Venezuela for an estimated export price of 1 billion dollars. The system has one type of missile in two versions, basic and amended with a sustainer stage that doubles the range (up to 200 km (120 mi), according to other data up to 250 km (160 mi)) and can simultaneously engage up to 24 aircraft or 16 ballistic targets in various combinations.

  • Became the first system in the world capable of simultaneously engaging cruise missiles, aircraft and ballistic targets. It also contains a private sector radar for countering areas affected by interference.
  • Longer than 100 200 km range, the S-300VMD with 300 km range .
  • Different versions of the S-300V4 missiles have a range of 400 km at Mach 7.5 or a range of 350 km at Mach 9 and can destroy maneuvering targets even at very high altitudes. Gladiator rockets significantly less.

Comparison with other systems

Official designation of unit S-300PMU S-300PMU1 S-300PMU2 S-300VM/S-300V4 Patriot PAC-2  Patriot PAC-3
Range of,
aerodynamic target 5–90 5–150 3–200 200 (400) 3–96 15, at most 20 / 0.3-20
ballistic targets at most 35 at most 40 5–40 40 20 15–45 (20) possible max 50
Height defeat,
aerodynamic target 0.025–27 0.01–27 0.01–27 0.025–30 /?-37 0.06–24 15
ballistic targets (?) (?) 2–25 1–30 3–12 15(?).15, possible max 20.
Maximum target speed, m/s 1,150, at most 1,300 (for the escort 3000) at most 2,800 (for the escort 10000) at most 2,800 4,500 of ballistic targets at most 2,200 at most 1,600
Maximum speed of the rocket complex, m/s at most 2,000 2000 1,900 2,600 and 1,700/7.5M or 9M and (?) 1,700 (?) approximately 1,500
Number of simultaneously guided anti-aircraft missiles by one unit at most 12 at most 12 at most 72 48 (?) / 96 (?) at most 24 (?)
Number of simultaneously engaged targets by one unit at most 6 at most 6 at most 36 at most 24 at most 8 at most 8
Mass of a rocket, kg 1,400–1,600 (?) 330–1,900 (?) 900 312
Warhead weight, kg 150 (?) 180 (?) 91 74
Minimum time between missile launches, seconds 3–5 3–5 3 (0 at start from different


1.5 (0 at start from different


3–4 (1 at start from different


The set up time and clotting time of starting

complex, mins

5 5 5 5 15/30 15/30(?)
Means of transportation Wheeled Wheeled Wheeled CATERPILLAR semi trailer semi trailer

Source wikiwand.com

sa 12 sa 23 battalion max: 9M83ME missilesa 12 sa 23 battalion max: 9S19ME sector surveillance radarsa 12 sa 23 battalion max: 9S15M2, 9S15MT2E and 9S15MV2E all-round surveillance radars

The only chart you need to see to know that the South China Sea is one of the most militarized regions in the world


 May 9, 2016, 8:31 PM

Tensions are continuing to rise throughout the South China Sea as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to bring forth a ruling in the next few weeks against China’s claims over control of the majority of the territory in the region.

Meanwhile, Chinese diplomats throughout the region have started a push-back campaign in favor of China’s claims over the sea. China’s territorial claims run against similar claims made by the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia.

The following map from the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative shows how significant disputes over the region could be. China, by far, has the largest military force in the region. As such, Beijing could force its claims over the South China Sea against the wishes of the other nations involved in the dispute due to both its economic and military size.




Really strange that most published maps omit the Taiwan claim in SC Sea!

See related post:

China isn’t the only one building islands in the South China Sea

Pentagon trying to stop Chinese air defense zone in disputed sea: Gertz

China Deploys YJ-62 Subsonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile To South China Sea’s Woody Island

India Rejects Joint Naval Patrols with US in South China Sea

China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests

Conflicting parties in the SC Sea and Naval power comparison – Non US – UPDATED

China sends surface-to-air missiles to contested island in provocative move

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