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    Russia’s air defenders will soon be using super-maneuverable missile systems equipped with new generation munitions, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

    “In addition to the S-400 systems, our air defense forces will start receiving the S-350 Vityaz missiles, which are more maneuverable and boast self-homing warheads  of a new generation,” Colonel Igor Klimov told RIA Novosti news agency.

    The Vityaz-350 systems are scheduled to enter service in 2016.

    The S-350E Vityaz (Knight) is a short-to-mid range air defense missile system intended to provide point defense against aircraft and precision attacks.

    It was developed by Almaz-Antey Company as a replacement for the ageing S-300PS, which was developed back in the early 1980s.

    The 9M96E naval version guided missile under development will be called Redut.

    Russia’s airspace is currently protected by S-400 Triumf and S-300 Favorit missiles, and Pantsir-S short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system.

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    self-homing warheads, S-350 Vityaz, Russian Armed Forces, Almaz-Antey, Igor Klimov, Russia
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