The arms race in the world continues as the Russia and Saudi Arabia reportedly signed the agreement for the supply of Russian-made S-400 air defense systems. The document about arms sales was signed back in 2017. The implementation and delivery of the S-400 Triumph system are currently under discussion between the two countries, and it is not yet known when should it enter into the service, the Russian news outlet reported.
“At present, we are discussing mutually acceptable conditions with our partners for the entry into force of this contract,” RIA Novosti quotes the organization’s representative.
The S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is a long and medium-range anti-aircraft system designed to destroy aerodynamic and ballistic targets. S-400 is able to shoot down targets at altitudes from 30 kilometers to 5 meters. The system was developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. The S-400 Triumph has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.
S-400 Triumph is able to move on the road. At the same time, the deployment time from the stowed position is 5 minutes which makes it an almost impossible target. It is arguably one of the best all-around strategic SAM systems in operation today. (And there is an even better replacement in development, in the form of the S-500.)
Particular strengths of the S-300 and the follow-on S-400 series are their extended reach, their flexible ability to strike at different targets (primarily aircraft, but also cruise and ballistic missiles to a degree) and their sophisticated sensors, which Russia claims include some anti-stealth capability.