The Russian military has been relying on the unique S-300V air-defense system to counter the warplanes and more importantly tactical ballistic missiles of Kiev forces since the beginning of its special military operation in Ukraine.
On May 25, TV Zevsda released a video report documenting the operation of the long-range air-defense system in an unspecified part of the Donbass region.
The 9K81 S-300V system varies from the other designs in the S-300 series. It was designed to provide defense against aircraft, cruise missiles and more importantly ballistic missiles. The system is carried on tracked MT-T transporters, which gives it greater cross-country mobility.Because the S-300V places a greater emphasis on the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) mission, a dedicated ABM phased array radar dubbed the 9S19 was developed for the system.
The S-300V can be armed with the 9M83 missile that has a maximum engagement range of around 75 kilometers, or the larger 9M82 ABM-capable missile which can engage targets out to 100 kilometers and up to altitudes of around 32 kilometers.
Russia has already developed three modernized versions of the S-300V with longer ranges, the S-300VM, the S-300VMD and the S-300V4.
The S-300V system have reportedly intercepted dozens of OTR-21 Tochka tactical ballistic missiles which were launched by Kiev forces at Russian forces and residential areas in Donbass since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine.
The ABM-capable system will likely continue to play a key defensive role in the Russian special military operation, especially with recent reports suggesting that the West is planning to arm Kiev forces with heavy launch system that can be armed with tactical ballistic missile like the US-made M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS.
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