A S-200 surface-to-air missile system. Getty Images Ukraine is repurposing the Soviet-era S-200 surface-to-air missile system to strike inside Russia. The weapon, which weighs 7.5 tons and is 36 feet long, is used for ground attacks, the UK MoD says. Russia’s Aerospace Forces are likely facing pressure to improve its air defenses amid rising threats. Ukraine appears to be using a large Soviet-era missile system to strike inside Russia, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. Along with drones regularly hitting Moscow, there have been increasing reports of A-5 GAMMON missiles striking Russia, the department noted in an intelligence update on Sunday. The weapon also called the S-200 surface-to-air missile system, weighs 7.5 tons and is 36 feet long. Ukraine has retired the weapon from its air defense role and is now instead using it as a ground attack ballistic missile, the department said.

via businessinsider: Ukraine is re-engineering a 36-foot-long Soviet-era missile system to strike inside Russia, UK intel says

Ukrainian S-200 missiles during the Independence Day parade in Kiev.JPG
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