Fri, 20 Mar 2009 19:33:01 GMT
Army trucks moving
The S-400, alias SA-21 Growler, enjoys versatile firing facets and can destroy targets flying low at a speed exceeding 2.5 Mach or just over 3,000 km per hour -- a feature lacked by modern US Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Russia hopes to keep its advanced interceptor rockets in service until 2025.
The news comes as the US army has negotiated a new contract with the aerospace and defense corporation, Boeing, to develop state-of-the-art aerial protection systems for the country.
The program will make an "effort to coordinate and fuse multiple types of sensor data in a secure environment for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and space situational awareness concept exploration," UPI quoted Boeing's Thursday statement.
The S-400 is twice more efficient than the US MIM-104 Patriot that can only intercept and annihilate subsonic missiles within a 200 km range.