The latest russia’s S-400 missile system along with base version S-300 are being deployed in Belgorod region, bordering with Ukraine.
According to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine daily report as of April 19, their key objective is to cover the main checkpoints, as well as the rear areas of the group, which is currently partially blocking Kharkiv from the north.
At the same time, in order to saturate the air defense for the front units, additional anti-aircraft missile divisions were noticed, namely “Tor” SAM.
Such air-defense reinforcement can be related to a number of factors: Ukrainian aviation success in the area, enemy inability to provide own air defense with fighter aircrafts due to high losses, or strengthen the defense in order to concentrate additional forces in the area.
Defense Express remarks, that despite russia’s weapons advertising, modern S-400 is only a modernization of the Soviet S-300. However, it doesn’t make it less dangerous due to a much more powerful radar station and the introduction of new long-range anti-aircraft missiles.
The most popular of them are 48H6E3 and 40H6E missiles with a range of 250 and 380 km on paper.
However, these are “paper specs”, which turned out to be far from reality for most of russia’s weapons, which was either destroyed or captured by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Including tanks, aircrafts, helicopters, armored vehicles and even the Black Sea fleet flagship.