The S-400 “Triumf ”: between expectations and results


  • Cătălin CHIRIAC Universitatea Națională de Apărare „Carol I”



air defense system, surface-to-air missile system, S-400 “Triumf”, air defense, missile defense, integrated air defense, countering air threats.


During the Cold War, the Soviet Union invested heavily in its air defense systems, so its rightful successor, Russia, has now some of the most advanced air and missile defense systems in the world. Among them, the S-400 “Triumf” surface-to-air missile system is perhaps the most criticized, shrouded in mystery, and feared system in Russia’s arsenal. Developed and then presented as capable of engaging a variety of aerial threats, the system gained a reputation, at least declaratively, of being able to counter US and NATO ambitions to win a conflict through airspace dominance.

Author Biography

Cătălin CHIRIAC, Universitatea Națională de Apărare „Carol I”

Născut în localitatea Matca, jud. Galaţi, la data de 11.10.1974, a absolvit Liceul Militar „Dimitrie Cantemir” din Breaza în anul 1993, după care a urmat cursurile Institutului Militar de Rachete şi Artilerie Antiaeriană “Gl. Bungescu” din Braşov pe care le-a absolvit în anul 1997. După absolvire a încadrat funcţii de execuţie şi comandă în cadrul unor structuri aparţinând Statului Major al Forţelor Aeriene: Tabăra de Instrucţie şi Poligonul de Trageri Sol-Aer Capu Midia, Comandamentul Operaţional Aerian Principal, Componenta Operaţională Aeriană. În prezent este instructor avansat la Departamentul forţe aeriene din cadrul Facutăţii de comandă şi stat major din UNAp „Carol I”. Referitor la educaţie şi formare, după studiile de licenţă, a absolvit în anul 2012 studiile de master şi a obţinut diploma de master în Conducere interarme forţe aeriene în cadul Facultăţii de Comandă şi Stat Major a Universitatăţii Naţionale de Apărare „Carol I”.


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How to Cite

CHIRIAC, C. (2024). The S-400 “Triumf ”: between expectations and results. BULLETIN OF "CAROL I" NATIONAL DEFENCE UNIVERSITY, 12(4), 41–53.