The Russian Armed Forces will soon begin receiving a number of the newest air defence systems, a top Aerospace Forces officer said.

Speaking to the official armed forces newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda, Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Yuri Grekhov disclosed that the development of the S-500, the successor to the S-300 and S-400 air defence systems — has reached its final stage, as has the development of a number of radar systems.

He also disclosed that the Armed Forces will soon begin receiving the S-350 systems as well.

The S-350 is tasked with “defence of administrative-political centres, most important objects and regions of the country, armed forces groups, from massive air strikes, including tactical and operative-tactical ballistic missiles,” Grekhov said, adding that the system has already passed the state’s testing.

“Every weapon system I mentioned is unique in its own way and is designed to solve a wide spectrum of tasks to ensure reliable aerospace defence of our country,” Grekhov said.

According to Grekhov, all the weapon systems are built from Russian-made components and feature maximum automatization of all processes in conjunction with ease of use and maintenance.

The S-500, the S-350 and the new radars feature high mobility and are able to deploy to and function in unprepared positions, he said.

When asked about the percentage of cutting-edge systems in the Russian military, Grekhov said he estimates it makes up about 70 percent, adding that several more Russian air defence regiments will switch to the S-400 this year. However, 90 percent of systems used by the Moscow Region and Central Economic Region air defences are modern.

While the S-500’s specifications remain classified, the system is reportedly able to destroy targets up to 600 kilometres away; it is also believed to be able to track and simultaneously strike up to 10 ballistic targets moving at speeds up to 7 km/s (approximately Mach 20).

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Source: Sputnik

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RIM-161D block IA/B ranges 900km, block IIA ranges 2,500km, Arrow-3 ranges 2,400km and GMD ranges around 5,000km… 600km is not so impressive.
We’ll have to sightly extend SCALP-EG and ASMP-A ranges before Russians start exporting S-500. SCALP-EG shouldn’t be a problem since its MdCN naval version has already an additional propulsion allowing a 1,000km range.


The problem is not the Russians having this, it’s to whom they may sell it… Yankees should stop try to prevent Russia from selling to ‘normal’ countries : as their, Russian economy also highly relies on arms sales. If they lose “normal” customers due to US pressure, they will likely end selling to rogue states and instead of being able to bust these easily, these may become a real problem. Oh, they can be busted any way for sure, but the bill would be way much higher. Trying to corner the biggest country on Earth has never been a good… Read more »