State Arms Exporter Explains What Makes Russian S-400 So Unique

© Sputnik / Alexey Malgavko / Go to the photo bankThe S-400 Triumf anti-air missile system enters service in Sevastopol to protect Russian air borders
The S-400 Triumf anti-air missile system enters service in Sevastopol to protect Russian air borders - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia’s S-400 Triumph mobile air defense system is unmatched by rival weapons in both attack range and deployment time, Rosoboronexport, the state arms seller, said on Thursday.

"The S-400 is a unique system. It demonstrates indisputable superiority over its rivals. Its maximum range of 380 kilometres [236 miles] is twice that of analogues. The closest another artillery system has ever come to this result is 200 kilometres, the rest fall far behind," it said.

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The press release, the first ever official comparative analysis of S-400 parameters, said it took five minutes to deploy the air defence system, three times less than the time claimed by rivals.

The surface-to-air system – whose NATO reporting name is SA-21 Growler – can carry three different types of missiles capable of engaging a wide array of aerial targets, from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles, at a short-to-extremely-long range.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Vietnam, and Iraq and at least six others are interested in buying S-400s despite the threat of US retaliation under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, according to media reports. Turkey, China, and India have already signed contracts.

© Sputnik / Igor Zarembo / Go to the photo bankAn S-400 anti-aircraft missile system during the preparation of military equipment for the military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, in Kaliningrad
An S-400 anti-aircraft missile system during the preparation of military equipment for the military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, in Kaliningrad - Sputnik International
An S-400 anti-aircraft missile system during the preparation of military equipment for the military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War, in Kaliningrad
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