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The Russian army will soon receive an anti-aircraft weapon based on new physical principles, hypersonic weapons and next-generation S-500 missile defense systems, Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said.
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.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told sputniknews.com that a test unit of Russia’s next-generation S-500 air defense system would be ready by 2020.
The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, the Russian state-owned arms industry concern, 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 system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of up to 7 kilometers per second.
The Prometey is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers, including satellites outfitted with electro-optical surveillance systems.
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.
“We are working to ensure that the Russian army has the most advanced weapons: S-500 systems are on their way, as well as weapons based on new physical principles, hypersonic, and so on. It’s not a debate – it is the reality of the present day,” Kozhin said.
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.