S-350E Vityaz 50R6 is equipped with impressive missiles, simultaneously tracking dozens of flying objects with an accuracy of nearly one hundred percent. Particularly important cities and industrial facilities in Russia will be protected from aerial attacks with the latest S-350 Vityaz medium-range air defense system.

Traditionally, Russian weapons were only allowed to be exported abroad when their troops were relatively well-equipped to meet their needs. There are exceptions, however, when Russian weapons were rebuilt based on a version designed and manufactured for foreign countries.

If the S-400 will be a nightmare for strategic bombers, the S-350E will be the weapon that scares enemy tactical fighters most. Recently, Russia launched its most advanced medium-range air defense missile system, the S-350E, also known as the 50R6 Vityaz.

S-350E Vityaz 50R6 Specifications

Russian media said the state-level testing program with S-350E air defense missile was completed. And then of course it will be produced and staffed for the Russian Aerospace Forces or the Russian Army. According to information posted by Reuters, Russia is ready to deploy the S-350E Vityaz missile complex from 2019 to start the process of replacing the older S-300 missile systems.

Interestingly, the S-350E system originated from the KM-SAM Cheongung project, a joint project of Russia and Korea that had been launched long before, from 2001 to 2011. KM-SAM is a Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed under the support from Russia’s Almaz-Antey. During the development of radar for South Korean air defense systems, Almaz developed the S-350E Vityaz based on the Korean partner’s idea.

The S-350 "Vityaz" air defense missile was developed to replace the outdated S-300PS system.
The S-350 “Vityaz” air defense missile was developed to replace the outdated S-300PS system.

The above case can be explained that at that time, due to insufficient financial resources as well as technology for independent production, Russia implemented a design cooperation program with foreign partners. This was to gain experience in the design process as well as financial resources for the production of its own military equipment.

According to Deputy Director in charge of external economic activities of Almaz-Antey Group, Mr. Vyacheslav Dzirkaln. In terms of features and combat efficiency, the S-350E is superior to comparable foreign products and the existing S-300 complex.

This modern S-350E is much cheaper than the S-400 Triumph.

The S-350E is believed to share the same 9M96 missile with the existing S-400 air defense missiles. A Vityaz combat complex includes one or two 50N6A multifunctional passively electronically scanned array radar stations, 360 degree coverage for early detection, target illumination and missile guidance. There is also a new 50K6A command post, fully autonomous combat work with interaction with other remote systems. From 1 to 8 50P6 missile launchers and reload vehicles. The missiles are housed in twelve large tubes, the entire launch pad is set behind the BZKT 8-wheel heavy military truck chassis. The trucks are manufactured by Bryansky Avtomobilny ZAV with diesel engine, all-wheel drive, the cabin is arranged in the usual way in the front.

The S-350E is designed to engage all types of flight targets, from current and future aircraft, including stealth technology, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. The specifications of the S-350E are still quite vague, according to some information, the radar station can operate completely automatically, without operators. Each radar station has 8 channels of targeting illumination and 16 missile control channels, allowing it to guide 16 missiles to simultaneously attack 8 targets at once. At the same time, this radar system is capable of simultaneously tracking more than 100 targets. Therefore, if deployed two radar stations, it can track more than 200 targets, simultaneously launched 32 missiles to attack 16 targets at a time, forming a powerful regional air defense network, allowing the system can operate with extreme intensity.

Currently, the Russian Aerospace Forces mainly have two types of S-400 and S-300PM air defense missiles with different versions. All operate at long range, it is not always reasonable to protect especially important constructions.
Currently, the Russian Aerospace Forces mainly have two types of S-400 and S-300PM air defense missiles with different versions. All operate at long range, it is not always reasonable to protect especially important constructions.

Vityaz is said to have exceeded the capabilities of a medium-range air defense system. What makes the S-350E Vityaz so powerful are the variants of the 9M96 air defense missile. With a small size and an effective range of 30km, some newer missiles allow the S-350E to destroy targets up to 120km away.

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If S-350E is combined with Pantsir-S1 and S-400, it will create the most complete and feared air defense network in the world today. Depending on the type of missile used by the S-350, its maximum speed can be reached from Mach 5.3 and above. In the future, the Algerian military is expected to buy a series of these S-350E missile complexes from Russia.

S-350 is resistant to interference and very high fire performance. Designed to combat high-density and low-altitude air strikes
S-350 is resistant to interference and very high fire performance. Designed to combat high-density and low-altitude air strikes

According to reports, the S-350E missile system was deployed test in Masyaf town in Hama province, Syria in September 2017. At the end of December 2019, S-350E was officially handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

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