image below depicts a typical active S-200 site located in Libya.
Relevant areas are annotated.
following image depicts the Libyan site's radar area. Note the
placement of the two 5N62 radars, and the location of the control
bunker housing the site's K-2 and K-3 vans.
launch area is detailed below. Launch areas vary in arrangement from
nation to nation, but for the most part display a spade shape as seen
here. It is common for S-200 sites to feature revetments for the 5P72
rail launchers, and individual environmental shelters to store the
preloaded 5Yu24 rail transloaders during periods of maintenance or
inactivity. Each launch area is
controlled by crews in a centrally located bunker, protecting the K-2
and K-3 vans. Note the cable
connections visible between the control bunker and the launch rails.
witnessed in the imagery provided above, S-200 sites are rather large
and expansive. Due to the large footprint of an S-200 site and the
plethora of associated structures, inactive S-200 sites are relatively
easy to identify.
The following image depicts an inactive S-200 site in Belarus: [b][b][b]Examples
The following images depict the most common S-200 site layouts. Most
S-200 sites feature either two or three launch areas.
following image depicts an active S-200 site in Kazakhstan displaying
the two launch site configuration. While there are only two missiles
visible on launch rails in the eastern launch position, there are two
5N62 radars visible, implying that the entire site is still active.
following image depicts an active S-200 site in the Ukraine displaying
the three launch site configuration. Only the southernmost launch area
appears to be active, as the launch rails appear to have been removed
from the other two sites.
to the expansive nature of an S-200 complex, S-200 sites can be
identified in low-resolution imagery. While this does not provide any
indication as to the site's operational status, it does provide the
analyst with a location to file away for future observation should
coverages be updated.
The following image depicts a Russian
S-200 site captured in low-resolution imagery. This is one of two
identified S-200 sites containing five launch areas.