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#4577 East German Air Force - NPO Almaz S-200 Vega Missile (SA–5 Gammon)

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NPO Almaz S-200 Vega Missile (SA–5 Gammon) as used by the East German Air Force at the Luftwaffenmuseum, Berlin-Gatow (Germany)

The NPO Almaz S-200 Vega (NATO reporting name SA-5 Gammon) is a very long range, medium-to-high altitude Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system designed in the 1960s to defend large areas from bomber attack or other strategic aircraft. Each battalion has 6 single-rail missile launchers for the about 11 m (36 ft) long missiles and a fire control radar. It can be linked to other, longer-range radar systems. Maximum range is between 150 km (81 nmi) and 300 km (160 nmi), depending on the model. The missile uses radio illumination mid-course correction to fly towards the target with a terminal semi-active radar homing phase. Maximum target speed is around Mach 4.

The Luftwaffenmuseum, now known as the Militärhistorisches Museum (MHM) der Bundeswehr - Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
(Bundeswehr Museum of Military History - Berlin-Gatow Airfield), is the Berlin branch of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum. The museum acts as an independent military department. Entrance to the museum is free. The museum is in Berlin at a former Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield, RAF Gatow. The focus is on military history, particularly the history of the post-war German Air Force. The museum has a collection of more than 200.000 items, including 155 aeroplanes, 5.000 uniforms and 30.000 books. There are also displays (including aeroplanes) on the history of the airfield when it was used by the RAF. Although there are also several helicopters and MiG fighters used during the Cold War by East German forces.