Russia's S-400 missile chief designer dies at testing ground

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Moscow, Sep 27 (UNI) Russia's chief designer of S-400 missile system Alexander Lemansky died at the Kapustin Yar test site in the Astrakhan region today.

He often visited the test site to supervise new Almaz projects, a spokesman for the the Almaz Scientific Industrial Corporation told Itar-Tass news agency.

Lemansky had been working as Almaz chief designer since 1998. He supervised development of aerial equipment for air defence systems of a different modification and was the chief designer of the S-400 air defence system that has no analogues in the world. He also supervised the development of new anti-aircraft and non-strategic ballistic missile defence systems of a new generation.

Russia deployed the first battalion equipped with S-400 missile defence system, in the town of Elektrostal, about 50 km east of Moscow on August 6.

With the deployment of the first battalion, a division of S-400 and a command post will protect the air of Moscow and its region.

The S-400 air defence missile system is designed to destroy aircraft made with the use of the stealth technology, small cruise and tactical missiles, as well as warheads flying at a speed of up to 4.8 km per second at a range of up to 400 km (twice the range of the US MIM-104 Patriot) and is capable of replacing three S-300 systems.

UNI

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