The Russian capital’s air and missile defense system is one of the most sophisticated in the world, and includes a dense layer of anti-aircraft missile launchers, interceptor systems, and a unique tetrahedral truncated pyramid radio-radar station so powerful it can detect space debris.
In the event of an enemy attack, Moscow’s air defenses would intercept and destroy enemy missile targets in the space of less than a minute, missile defense forces commander Maj. Gen. Sergei Grabchuk has revealed.
In an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, the officer explained that, in the first place, Russia’s global missile launch detection network would calculate enemy missiles’ projected targets, taking account of warheads and potential dummy warheads.
“Such a complex ballistic target moves toward the defended object at speeds of up to seven kilometers per second.
Then, if the target is Moscow, the missile attack warning system “forms target designations for the missile defense system, which begins its combat cycle.”
The duration of the combat operations of the missile defenses takes up several dozen minutes. Target selection is carried out at ranges of several thousand kilometers.
At the same time, the task of isolating warheads from false [dummy] targets and the clarification of their trajectories is continuously updated,” with anti-missiles launched and guided to the interception point, “where the destruction of warheads take place.
Grabchuk also commented on the Don-2N radar, the unique, large missile defense and early warning scanned array radar outside Moscow, which serves as a key component of the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system.
The commander noted that this radar is capable of detecting ballistic and space targets, determining their coordinates, analyzing the composition of large, complex targets and providing guidance to anti-missile interceptors.
“It’s capable of providing the simultaneous overview of the entire upper hemisphere at a range of several thousand kilometers.
The system complex enough to separate warheads from dummy targets, and is resistant to active jamming. According to Grabchuk, the Don-2N “has no analogues in the world.”
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.