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S-300VM Antey 2500
NATO reporting name: SA-23 Gladiator\Giant
9A83ME TEL - Antey-2500 SAM 02.jpg
Antey-2500 SAM at MAKS-2011
Type Transportable SAM system
Place of origin  Russia
Unit cost US$120 millions (1999)[1]

The S-300VM "Antey-2500" (NATO reporting name SA-23 Gladiator\Giant) is a Russian anti-ballistic missile system. The system is designed to defeat short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, aeroballistic and cruise missiles, fixed wing aircraft, as well as loitering ECM platforms and precision-guided munitions.


Type Surface-to-air missile
Place of origin  Russia
Production history
Variants 9M82M, 9M83M
Specifications (9M82M[2])

200 kilometres (120 mi)
Flight altitude 30,000 metres (98,000 ft)

The 9M82M missile is intended to defeat tactical, theater and medium range ballistic missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 200 km. The Antey-2500 system is mounted on a tracked cross-country vehicle equipped with self-contained power supply and navigation systems, as well as surveying and positioning equipment.

System Characteristics

The Antey-2500 air defense missile system features:

  • high degree of battle performance automation owing to high-speed digital computers;
  • phased array radars;
  • advanced radar data processing methods;
  • high ECM immunity;
  • high ability of autonomous operation;
  • high mobility;
  • high firepower potential, irrespective of air attack tactics or sequence;
  • vertical launch from a special transport launch canister;
  • maintenance-free operation of missiles for at least ten years;
  • capability to defeat ballistic missile individual warheads;
  • inertial guidance with radio command update and semi-active homing at the terminal phase;
  • focused detonation of the missile warhead.

The Antey-2500 system comprises:

  • command post;
  • circular scan radar;
  • sector scan radar;
  • multichannel missile guidance station (MMGS) (4);
  • 9A83M launcher (24);
  • 9A84M loader-launcher (24);
  • 9M82M air defense missiles;
  • 9M83M air defense missiles;
  • maintenance vehicles;
  • maintenance and repair vehicles;
  • group SPTA set;
  • electronic trainer for MMGS operators;
  • transporter vehicles;
  • set of missiles handling equipment.


  • S-300V: in service starting from 1983; 100 km range
  • S-300VM: 200 km range
  • S-300V4: in production; 300 km range


  •  Russia S-300V4 ordered more than three divisions by 2015[3]
    • 1724-th anti-aircraft missile regiment. Jewish Autonomous Region 2 divisions
    • 1544-th anti-aircraft missile regiment. Leningrad Oblast 2 divisions
    • 202-th air-defense missile brigade. Moscow Oblast 2 divisions
    • Kaliningrad Oblast
    • 988-th anti-aircraft missile regiment in Armenia
  •  Venezuela: 2 S-300VM of 4 was delivered in 2013[4]

Potential operators

  •  India: India is evaluating S-300 PMU-1/2 and S-300VM.[5]
  •  Saudi Arabia: Russia has offered saudi arabia the S-300VM as First Operator.[6]
  •  Turkey: Russia has offered Turkey the S-300VM.[7]
  •  Iran: Russia is offering Iran the S-300VM instead of the S-300PMU1 to avoid a lawsuit over the cancellation of the latter.[8]

See also


  • Russia's Arms Catalog 2004

External links

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