40N6 missile for S-400 system could enter service ‘soon’

08 April 2018

A new long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) for Russia’s S-400 Triumf (SA-21 ‘Growler’) air defence system may enter service soon, according to a 3 April report in the Russian daily Izvestia . The newspaper’s source in the Main Command of Aerospace Forces indicates a decision to produce the 40N6 missile could follow a final phase of testing over the next two months.

Tested most recently in February, the missile received only minor design changes. It could be deployed for “experimental use” in operational air defence units this summer.

The 40N6 reportedly is capable of destroying aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, and manoeuvring warheads.

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