- 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
- 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.