Lockheed Martin Corp has released a promotional video that appears to show a simulated airstrike on Russian weaponry.

More than halfway into the promo, CGI footage shows strikes by Lockheed’s planes on Russia’s trademark S-400 anti-air systems and a road-mobile Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile system, as the voice-over narrates about the “ever-evolving threats” to US security.

Lockheed’s new video is dedicated to the weapons manufacturer’s Advanced Development Programmes, also known as Skunk Works, the elite division tasked with top-secret research and development.

It appears to show mostly concepts of new machines, with the only real-life aircraft being the troubled F-35 jet.

The S-400 (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is one of the most advanced anti-missile weapons currently made; it has caused a great deal of concern in the US over its acquisition by Turkey and India, with Washington repeatedly threatening to retaliate should they move ahead with the deals.

The Topol-M (NATO designation SS-27), which is being gradually replaced by the newer Yars systems, is one of the most recent intercontinental ballistic missiles to be deployed by Russia. It normally carries a single nuclear warhead with an 800-kt yield, which is 40 times the destructive power of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

 

Credit: Sputnik

 

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S-400 is nothing else than a rebranding of S-300 PMU-3. Name was changed for commercial purposes. S-300 first version is in service since 1978 with zero combat records. At the present day, the best air defense system you can build is neither from Russia, nor from USA, you’ll get this by cherry-picking gear from European and Israeli companies. – Newest SAMP/T NT (New Technology) using Aster-30 block 2 can intercept jet fighters up to 480-500km. S-400 can only go after heavy aircraft at ranges further than 120km. – IAI Arrow-3 will take care of ballistic missiles. It has impressive exoatmospheric… Read more »