Russians Finalize Test
On New Generation
Anti-AWACS Missile
MOSCOW (Agence France Presse) - Russia is finalizing tests on an advanced missile air defense system which experts say will have ballistic missiles and the US-built AWACS early warning aircraft in its sights, Interfax reported Monday.
The S-400 system, due for delivery to the Moscow district air defense forces by year's end, can "effectively destroy all existing and future air attack systems," the agency cited military experts as saying.
With a range of some 400 kilometers (250 miles) the missile system will be more than two and a half times more effective than the existing S-300 system, the agency said.
Some US senators rate the Russian technology so highly that they have urged the Pentagon to buy the S-300 to replace the United State's own Patriot anti-missile system.