Russian S-350 Air Defense System Effectively Intercepts Western Missiles

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A single S-350 launcher is equipped with the same number of munitions as an entire S-300 division.

On Thursday, the Eussian Defense Ministry said that the S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air missile system has effectively intercepted Western missiles in the ongoing special military operation.

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“In the special military operation zone, the combat crews of the S-350 air defense system successfully repelled enemy airstrikes,” the ministry said.

“The system is capable of downing both Western ballistic and cruise missiles, such as ATACMS and Storm Shadow. The S-350 can also neutralize an entire squadron of enemy aircraft or helicopters — up to 16 in a single salvo,” the ministry said.

Vityaz’s primary advantage over previous systems lies in its missile capacity: a single S-350 launcher is equipped with the same number of munitions as an entire S-300 division.

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With one radar station, five launchers can be operated simultaneously, and the system supports the concurrent operation of three stations. This triples the number of missiles on combat duty, allowing it to counter even massive missile attacks.

The S-350 is a medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the Russian defense company GSKB Almaz-Antey.

The Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is a tactical ballistic missile manufactured by the U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin. The Storm Shadow cruise missile has a range of over 250 kilometers. Both missiles were provided to Ukraine in 2023.

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