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    S-500 to Strengthen Russia's 'Air Defense System of the 21 Century'

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    Russia is in the process of creating an integrated national air defense system, which is expected to become fully operational once the cutting-edge S-500 Prometey surface-to-air missile system, also known as the 55R6M Triumfator-M, enters service, Major General Andrei Cheburin said.

    Cheburin, commander of the missile defense division of the 1st Air and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Army of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, told the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that activities aimed at creating "an integrated national defense system of the 21st century are in full swing."

    "This system will be finalized when [the Russian] Armed Forces receive the brand new long-range S-500 surface-to-air missile system and advanced radars," he explained.

    The S-500 is currently in development. Russian defense officials have not specified when the next-generation air defense system will begin tests.

    The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of 7 kilometers per second. The Prometey is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles).

    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 with the Russian Armed Forces.

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    • avatar
      landauroj
      Has the Russian any system to prevent the shooting down of its satelites around the globe?
    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      Russia will walk step by step to keep the usa terror state and nato on distance !!!
      Bravo Russia !!!
    • avatar
      ivanwa88
      landauroji and who has the capability to shoot down satellites only Russia and China so far.
    • avatar
      peaceactivist2
      S-300, 400 are in Syria but and Syria skies are clouded with friends and foes aircrafts but didn't hear any intentional, accidental, or else from those S-300/400 at all.
    • avatar
      cast235
      But what is the FIRST placing a foot in a bucket , that is done in Russia? BUK 3 is already for export!!!!
      I would DITCH the BUK 3 and order a BUK 4 that will be 10 years not sold for export. Russia doesn't protect itself.
    • jamesin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, they are already developing a new BUK. check Tass for details. they have so many air defenses already it is getting kinda ridiculous.
    • siberianhuskyin reply tojames(Show commentHide comment)
      james,
      You mean just like the Americans no Army too big and never enough weapons.
      Easy for them to do with a 650 BILLION dollar budget that is 10 larger then the next country. The problem for them is they have to pay the debt back in fiat dollars.
    • avatar
      luckys
      so russia isn't afraid of usa 5th gen stealth planes? Then why so many A/D.. What a joke that country is.. Go have more vodka and fish shit! What this just in russka is deploying the s-700.. Lmao
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