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Antey-2500

Long-range air defense missile system

Antey 2500

The Antey-2500 air defense missile system is in service with Venezuela

 
 
Entered service 2013
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 50 t
Length ~ 12 m
Width ~ 4 m
Height ~ 5 m
Missile
Missile length 8.6 m / 10.5 m
Missile diameter 0.91 m / 1.21 m
Missile weight 3 073 kg / 6 158 kg
Warhead weight 150 kg
Warhead type HE-FRAG
Range of fire 200 - 250 km
Altitude of fire 0.05 - 30 km
Mobility
Engine V-84 diesel
Engine power 840 hp
Maximum road speed 53 km/h
Range 250 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 40%
Side slope 20%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Antey-2500 is a long-range air defense missile system. It is a downgraded export version of the Russian S-300VM. Western reporting name for this system is SA-23 Gladiator/Giant. The main role of the Antey-2500 is to protect task forces and vital industrial and military installations against massed air attacks. It can engage short- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, precision guided weapons, strategic and tactical aircraft, as well as early warning and electronic warfare aircraft. Two battalions of these air defense systems have been exported to Venezuela. These were delivered in 2013. Currently the Antey-2500 air defense system is being produced for another undisclosed customers. It is likely to be Egypt or Iran. Estimated export price of this system is 1 billion dollars.

   Recently it has been reported that production of all S-300 series missiles, including export versions, will be stopped in Russia in favor to the newer S-400. So Venezuela might be the first and only customer of this missile system.

   The Antey-2500 is a mobile air defense system. All of its elements are mounted on special tracked chassis. The Antey-2500 is considered a survivable system. Once all the missiles are launched the launcher vehicles can briefly redeploy. It uses  shoot, scoot and hide tactics in order to avoid being destroyed.

   This system can engage ballistic missiles at a range of 250 km and aircraft at a range of 200 km. It can reach targets at altitude of up to 30 km. This air defense system can engage up to 24 aircraft or up to 16 ballistic missiles simultaneously.

   The Antey-2500 uses two different missiles. The missiles are largely common in design. Both missiles are intended to engage aerial and ballistic targets. A smaller 9M83ME missile is used against aircraft, cruise missiles and smaller ballistic missiles. The larger 9M82ME missile is used to engage intermediate-range ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft at ranges of up to 250 km. Warheads of both missiles are packed with 150 kg of explosives.

   Once equipped with smaller 9M83ME missiles is referred in the West as the SA-23A Gladiator. When equipped with larger 9M82ME missiles it is referred as the SA-23B Giant.

   A battery of the Antey-2500 typically includes up two six launchers in two variants, command post vehicle, surveillance radar, sector surveillance radar, and up to 6 reloading vehicles/launchers in two variants. Comparing with the older S-300V the Antey-2500 has new command post vehicle and new radars.

   The Gladiator launcher vehicle is operated by a crew of 3. It carries four smaller 9M83ME missiles. Vehicle is fitted with engagement radar.

   The Giant launcher vehicle is also operated by a crew of 3. It also has a radar mounted over the cabin. It carries two larger 9M82ME missiles.

   Command post vehicle is operated by a crew of 7. It prioritizes which targets should be attacked first and transmits firing data to launcher vehicles.

   Surveillance radar is operated by a crew of four. It has a detection range of about 330 km. It detects ballistic missiles at a range of about 150 km.

   There is also a sector surveillance radar. It is also operated by a crew of four. It is used to detect high speed targets, such as ballistic missile warheads. This radar has detection range of up to 175 km. It has a brief reaction time.

   There are two variants of reloading vehicles. The Gladiator and Giant launcher vehicles are serviced by their own specialized transloaders. Reloading vehicles are operated by a crew of three. These are fitted with a crane and carry two larger or four smaller missiles. Reloading takes about 50-60 minutes. Essentially these vehicles are combination of the TEL and reloading vehicle. A unique capability of these vehicles is that they can launch missiles themselves. Firing data is acquired from the launcher vehicle.

   Special tracked chassis of all Antey-2500 elements is based on that of the 2S7 Pion 203-mm self-propelled gun. It a number of automotive components of the T-72 and T-80 main battle tanks. It is powered by a V-84 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 840 hp. This engine is also used on the Russian T-90 main battle tank. Vehicles are also fitted with auxiliary power unit, that powers all systems when the main engine is turned off.

 

Video of the Antey 2500 air defense system

 
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