Ukraine Reportedly Captured an Intact S-300 Air Defense System – A few months back, videos were circulated across social media that showed a Russian S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) mobile air-defense system driving down a dirt road in Ukraine.
S-300: What Is It?
While no one has completely confirmed the details, as best as our own in-house experts can tell, the video did appear real at the time.
If confirmed, it would apparently be the first time Kyiv’s forces have captured one of Moscow’s air defense systems.
Subsequent variations of the mobile air defense platform were also developed to be able to intercept ballistic missiles.
The S-300 system was first deployed by the Soviet Armed Forces in 1979, designed for the air defense of military bases and large industrial and administrative facilities, as well as control of airspace against enemy strike aircraft.
A number have been modified by Russian forces to perform surface-to-surface strikes, and the S-300 has been among the missile systems used to target Ukrainian urban centers and critical infrastructure.
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine maintained a number of the S-300 launchers in service.
Ukrainians captured an intact S-300 air defense system. pic.twitter.com/B6tgwopi2d
— Igor Sushko (@igorsushko) January 4, 2023
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