S-300VM (SA-23 Giant/Gladiator)

Operator: Egypt Iran
Status: On Order S-300PMU2 to be delivered instead
Number: 22 Unknown
Cost: $1 billion $800 million
Acquired: 2016 Russia announced in April 2015 that the S-300 system would be exported to Iran following the termination of a 2010 ban. Offered to Iran in June 2013 to replace initial deal of S-300PMU1 which was canceled by sanctions pressure. In December 2015, it was reported that order had been switched to the S-300PMU2 variant.
General Specs:
Country of origin: Russia
Manufacturer: Almaz – Antey
Introduced: 1990s
Class: Anti-missile defense and long-range air defense
Range: aircraft: 124.3 miles (200 km)
ballistic missiles: 24.9 miles (40 km)
Altitude: aircraft: 98,425.2 ft (30,000 m)
ballistic missiles: 82,021 ft (25,000 m)
Warhead: 9M83 missile: 330.7 lbs (150 kg)
9M82M missile: 330.7 lbs (150 kg)
Speed: 9M83: 2,740 mph (Mach 3.6+)
9M82M: 5,937 mph (Mach 7.8+)
Weight: 9M83: 7716.2 lbs (3,500 kg)
9M82M: 12,786.8 lbs (5,800 kg)
Length: 9M83: 26.2 ft (8 m)
9M82M: 32.5 ft (9.9 m)
Diameter: 9M83: 3 ft (0.9 m)
9M82M: 3.9 ft (1.2 m)
Propellant: Two-stage solid-fueled rocket
Guidance System: 9E49/DB-100N semi-active homing seeker
Inertial Guidance
Accuracy: 98%
Missiles: 4 x 9M83 Gladiator
2 x 9M82M Giant
Guns: None
Radar(s): 9S15M2 (9S15MT2E, 9S15MV2E) Bill Board all-round surveillance radar
9S19ME High Screen sector surveillance radar
9S32ME Grill Pan multi-channel missile guidance radar
Launch Platform: 9A84ME transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR)
9A83ME transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR)
Operators (crew): Unknown; System operated from 9S457ME command post
Notes: Designed to engage cruise and ballistic missiles as well as ISR aircraft such as E-8 JSTARS, U-2s, E-3 AWACS, and tactical jamming aircraft.
Also known as the Antey-2500
Reportedly capable of targeting stealth aircraft and jam resistant.

Sources:

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