01:53 GMT +319 November 2018
Listen Live
    Transporters-launchers for S-400 Triumf missile systems at the final rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War

    Russian Defense Ministry Explains Why S-400 is Better Than Patriots

    © Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    5610

    Despite Washington's threats to impose sanctions on states buying military equipment from Moscow, many of them, such as Turkey, India and Indonesia, still stick with Russian weaponry, citing its outstanding quality.

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin explained in an interview with Sputnik why many states around the world prefer to buy Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems over US-made Patriots or even upgraded Patriot PAC-3+ systems. According to him, none of the air defense systems in the world can come close to most of the S-300 and S-400's parameters.

    "Everyone understands that no Patriot, even its PAC-3+ version, can be better than the S-300, not to speak of the S-400. There is no system better [than the Russian ones] either by effective range, or by number of targets that can be attacked simultaneously, or by number of tracked targets, or by the target's speed. In all those parameters, we beat the Patriot PAC-3+," he said.

    Fomin further noted that while the Patriot system can hit targets at speeds up to 2,000 meters per second, the Russian air defense systems can shoot down targets flying at 4,700 meters per second. The deputy defense minister explained that such targets have not even been developed yet and will probably only be created by 2040-2050.

    "Everyone understands this and thus despite the fear [of sanctions] realize that there are no [air defense systems] better than ours," he concluded.

    READ MORE: Turkey Says Russian S-400 Systems Installation to Begin Oct. 2019 — Reports

    Several states have faced the risk of being affected by US sanctions over their contracts to buy Russian military equipment. Namely, Turkey and India are facing such a threat over their contracts to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems. Indonesia is also at risk over its contract for Su-35 deliveries. Unless these states receive a waiver from the US Treasury, they could be sanctioned under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

    Related:

    US Understands India's Need to Purchase S-400 - Defense Minister
    Turkey Says Russian S-400 Systems Installation to Begin Oct. 2019 - Reports
    India Denies Reports of Discussion to Buy F-16 for CAATSA Waiver on S-400 Deal
    US Hints India Might Get Sanctions Waiver Over S-400 Deal if Buys F-16 – Reports
    Pakistan Claims India's Purchase of S-400 to Disrupt 'Strategic Stability'
    Pakistan Voices Opposition to Russia's S-400 Sale to India
    US Sanctions Over S-400 Will 'Bring India Closer to Russia' - Defense Analyst
    Tags:
    air defense systems, Patriot PAC-3, S-400, S-300, Alexander Fomin, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik