Russian scientist Vladimir Svetlov died at 87 years old. This was reported by TASS, citing the press service of the Almaz-Antey Military Defence Concern.
"We deeply regret to inform you that Vladimir Grigorievich Svetlov, an outstanding scientist in the field of creating air defense means, passed away on October 18, 2021 at the age of 87," the text reads.
Vladimir Svetlov was born on April 16, 1935 in Moscow. After graduating from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Svetlov began working at the Fakel design bureau. In 1991, he became the general designer and the general director of MKB. In 1980, he received the State Award of the USSR for the creation of 5V55 surface-to-air missile for S-300P surface-to-air missile system. He was also the general designer of 51T6 missile for missile defense system of Moscow industrial region - for this development in 1997 he was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
Svetlov is the author of more than 100 scientific works on rocket engineering and 16 inventions. He was also the co-author of the textbook for universities "Designing Anti-Aircraft Guided Missiles," which was published in 1999.