The US is known to have purchased at least one S-300 devoid of its electronics in the 1990s, with an American and Israeli military delegation reportedly sent to Ukraine last year to get acquainted with an upgraded version of the air defence system after Russia sent S-300s to Syria.

A military blogger has posted a satellite photo of what he believes is an S-300 system operating at a test range “somewhere in the USA.”

The photo includes several of the system’s components, including 5P85PT launchers mounted on semi-trailers and its 30N6 fire control system.

The blogger, who focuses on analysis of satellite data using Google Earth on his Twitter page, did not specify the system’s location, with no further information known about whether it was operational or merely a mockup. He deleted the original post after it started to be picked up by Russian media.

The mysterious satellite image sparking a flurry of interest among Russian-speaking social media users and in the media, with at least one outlet speculating that the system could be part of the US training for a military operation against Venezuela, which has at least two battalions of S-300VMS – an upgraded version of the system, guarding its military installation and government facilities.

In addition to Venezuela, the S-300 has been operated by US NATO allies including Bulgaria, Slovakia and Greece. The United States secretly bought at least one S-300 complex from Belarus in 1994 with its electronics and radar equipment removed, with speculation that the missing components were later picked up in Kazakhstan.

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The S-300 was introduced into the Soviet military in 1978, and delivered to over a dozen countries in various modifications since then. Russia began upgrading its mobile air defences in the 2000s, with the military adopting the first of its S-400s in 2007.

Russia still has about 2,000 S-300 launchers of all modifications, gradually upgrading them to include improved electronics, better radar, and longer range.


Source: Sputnik

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This is old outdated S-300 sold to the devious bankrupt Greeks by drunk Yeltsin in 1990’s and would not make an iota of difference as all electronics and frequencies have been changed and upgraded. The Ukrainians have also given the US and NATO some blueprints of the older S-300 as well. US would be in for a mega surprise if it in its infinite warmongering suicidal idiocy attacked Iran, which has the most modern S-300 with many hybrid improvements.


Yeltsin didn’t sold S-300 to the Greeks but to Cyprus! Then Cyprus gave these to Greece after the missile crisis with Turkey. Greece received S-300 PMU1 in 1998. USA also purchased complete S300V (except for 9S32 GRILL PAN multi-channel guidance radar) directly from Russia, not only the incomplete ones from Belarus Vietnam has S-300 PMU-2 and now sides with USA because of Chinese expansionism. Egypt has S-300VM paid with US money. The third of Egyptian military budget is paid by USA… Azerbaijan has S-300PMU-2 and is a close ally to Israel, at a point that… Where d’you think the two… Read more »


BTW, Lavrov recently proposed to sell S-400 to USA. Guess what? In Trump’s place, I’d have bought 2 batteries! “US would be in for a mega surprise if it in its infinite warmongering suicidal idiocy attacked Iran” => It’s Iran that is warmongering the region and are suicidal idiots. “You can’t run a country By a book of religion” – F.Zappa in ‘Dumb all over’ And you must be a total moron to fück with a super-power Iran received four S-300PMU2 batteries from Russia in 2016, each consisting of a 96L6E target acquisition radar, a 30N6E2 target engagement radar, and… Read more »