The test unit of Russia’s next-generation S-500 air defense system will be ready by 2020, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told armynews.in
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.
The S-500, designed by Almaz Antei, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers. The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of up to 7 kilometers per second.
The S-500 will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex that is already in service, and also its US counterpart – the Patriot Advanced Capability-3.
US defense officials are concerned that the S-500 missile defense system is so good that the best stealth warplanes in the Pentagon’s arsenal will be unable to do anything about it.
The first regiment of the S-500 missile systems that are believed to have no equal in the world will defend Moscow and central Russia.