Who is Going to Purchase Russia’s New Anti-Aircraft Missile System?

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Russia’s most advanced S-500 ‘Prometei’ anti-aircraft missile system may be sold to India as a first foreign buyer, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told RBC TV Channel. “Beyond doubt, once we deliver this system to our troops, India will be the first on the list, if it expresses its desire to buy these advanced armaments,” he said, replying to a question about whether India would be the first country to purchase the Russian-made S-500.

This comes as Russia has started the delivery of the S-400 Triumf surface to air missile systems to India, according to aninews.in. 

The S-500 anti-aircraft missile system is designed to strike all existing and future aerospace attack weapons of a potential enemy at all altitudes and speeds. Russia has been training specialists to operate the S-500 since 2017. The Prometei is set to replace the S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile system.

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on July 20 that the S-500 air defense system conducted a successful test-launch against a fast-moving ballistic target at the Kapustin Yar proving ground, according to tass.com. The test confirmed the weapon system’s stated operational characteristics.

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