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India May Become 1st in Line to Buy Russian Air Defense System S-500

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MOSCOW, December 13 (Sputnik) - India may become the first in line to but Russian air defense system S-500, if it expresses such a desire, after the Russian Armed Forces receive them in required quantity, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said.
"India will probably be the first on the list if it expresses a desire to buy these modern means," Borisov said in an interview with the RBC broadcaster.
He specified that Russia would export the S-500s only after these systems are delivered to the Russian troops in the required quantity.
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In November, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheev told Sputnik that the export of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile defense system S-500 will begin in the next few years. According to him, the first deliveries of the S-500 to the Russian military are planned before the end of this year.
The cutting-edge S-500 air defence system is capable of intercepting an array of aerial threats ranging from unmanned vehicles (UAV) to hypersonic and ballistic missiles at ranges up to 600 kilometres. A single system can track up to 10 hypersonic targets and detect hostile targets even in lower layers of space at altitudes up to 2,000 kilometres. S-500's main focus though is fighting off intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
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