Russian military receives S-500 . missile

Russia has completed testing of the S-500 long-range air defense missile and is handing the system over to the armed forces.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on September 16 that the manufacturer is handing over S-500 air defense systems to the Russian army after completing state tests, but did not specify the deployment unit and time for these complexes to reach full combat readiness.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced in July that the first S-500 complexes will be commissioned for the missile shield around the Moscow region.

S-500 missile launcher during a test at the Kapustin Yar range on July 20.  Photo: Russian Defense Force.

S-500 missile launcher during a test at the Kapustin Yar range on July 20. Photo: BQP Nga.

Russia has been developing the S-500 Prometey complex since 2009 to perform both air defense and ballistic missile interception missions. In the air defense mission, the S-500 has a range of 400 km, can destroy targets at a maximum altitude of 40 km and a speed of 25,200 km / h, allowing to shoot down all supersonic fighters in the world.

For ballistic missile defense missions, the S-500 has a range of about 500-600 km, can track 20 targets at the same time and simultaneously intercept 5-10 ballistic missiles in the terminal or mid-stage. submit. The S-500 was also developed to shoot down satellites in low-Earth orbit, as well as targets in space to counter US space weapons.

The Russian military said that an S-500 complex hit a target from a distance of nearly 500 km during the 2018 test. An unnamed source from the Russian Defense Ministry said that some components of the S-500 system were obtained. “fire test” in Syria, helping to identify and overcome some limitations in the operation of this system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2019 announced that the country would jointly build the S-500 missile with Russia.

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