Below the Radar: Russia’s S-400, S-500 Set to Become Invisible to Enemies

In an age when stealth is the game-changing capability everyone aspires to achieve, Russia’s top-of-the-line air defense systems, the S-400 and the S-500, will receive an upgrade that will allow them to hide from enemy satellites, spy planes and radars, Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing an anonymous source in the Russian Defense Ministry.

The S-400 Triumf with the NATO designation SA-21 Growler and the S-500 Prometey, also known as the 55R6M Triumfator-M, will become undetectable thanks to a special container that will also be used to shield mobile command centers, air defense systems, radar stations and other hardware with complex electronic equipment.

“We plan to receive containers designed for the S-500 and other cutting-edge air- and missile-defense systems among other things this year,” the source, who is involved in creating electronic warfare systems, said.

These containers or shelters, the source added, differ in length and mass. They could be installed on the chassis or transported by trucks and trains. Some of the containers have already entered mass production, while other types are currently being tested.

“Some of the containers will only have room for the equipment, while others will be able to house personnel,” the source detailed.

Defense officials in Russia place particular emphasis on stealth because other countries have drastically improved their surveillance capabilities in the last two decades.

Side EMI is produced by any functioning electronic equipment whenever it is on, from lightbulbs to major radar facilities, defense analyst Dmitry Kornev told Izvestiya. Once intercepted, the side EMI will give away the location, the type of the equipment and possibly its purpose.

Russia’s new containers have special coating and equipment that prevents side EMI from escaping outside.

There is an additional bonus to using the new “invisibility cloaks” for Russia’s high-end hardware.

Full article: Below the Radar: Russia’s S-400, S-500 Set to Become Invisible to Enemies (Spacewar)

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