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AFAIK, S-400 isn't currently designed to deal with swarms of commerical grade drones, but action in Syria is giving S-400 designers ample hands-on experience. In terms of embedding viruses in foreign equipment sales, the up side of that is that it might be tactically useful. The downside is that it can effect global arms sales. Probably best not to do any such thing in most cases. For example, Ukraine's S-300 force has been modernized with no apparent indication of viruses.

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S-400 is a part of the system. It is not equipped to deal with drones, cause lower levels (Tor and Pantsir) are.

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Russian doctrine should be in a state of flux on the question of low-performance drones. Combat experience in Syria will take some time to percolate. S-400 doctrine on over-the-horizon threats seems to be is to cue remote systems (Pantsir) to deal with the threat, or track the targets with aerial surveillance, or use electronic warfare to jam them. AWACS or MIG-31's are too expensive to keep on patrol 24 hours. But, low performance drones seem to demand low-performance (ie, cheap) solutions. A little 24-hour aloft air control drone with a little radar good for some number of miles against a drone size target might be completely useless against a missile or jet, but perfect for dealing with cheap drones. In which case, the S-400 system is suited to become the air traffic controller.

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