The S-400, the star of Russian exports

More than any other weapons system, the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft defense system attracts the attention of many experts and potential customers. Besides the Turkish case, whose choice of the S-400 is based as much on a technological need as on a political calculation, the Russian system has convinced China and India, and even Saudi Arabia seems to be interested in it. It is also remarkable to note that Russia's two "major allies" in the Middle East, namely Syria and Iran, have not obtained authorization to acquire the Russian system, proof that the Russia uses this system as part of a global strategy for controlled conflict management.

As the article points out, the performance of the S-400 system has often given rise to fantasy reading by many authors. The System is undoubtedly very efficient, and it is all the more so as it is part of the Russian multi-layer defense strategy, based on the S-400 at long and medium range, the S-300 soon to be replaced by the S-500 in terms of anti-missile protection, the BUK for intermediate range targets, then the TOR and Pantsir systems at short and very short range.

But its performance and its price make it attractive enough that Turkey, India and China are ready to defy possible US sanctions to acquire it. 

It should be noted that the S-400, designed as a modular system interoperating with various detection sources and several types of missiles, already integrates UHF band radars capable of detecting stealth aircraft such as the F-35 or the F-22. Enough to call into question the certainties concerning the supposed advantage of this technology in the future.

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