"Indeed, some of [Russia's] new weapons – like the S-500 – are so capable that many US defense official worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming them," he observed.
The first regiment of the long-range anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile systems that are believed to have no equal in the world will defend Moscow and central Russia.
Interestingly, there is another aspect with regard to the S-500 and Russia's other advanced military equipment that has apparently surprised the Pentagon.
"As one US industry official noted, while the Russian military industrial sector suffered greatly in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, somehow Moscow managed to continue developing advanced air defense system without much degradation in capability," Majumdar added.
The S-500 Prometey, also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, is a cutting-edge anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile system currently under development in Russia. It is meant to replace the S-300.
The system is capable of intercepting aircraft and UAVs, as well as destroying low-earth-orbit satellites, space destruction devices and orbital weaponry.
The S-500 will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex that is already in service. It "will form the upper tier of Russia's layered integrated air defense system," the analyst added.