BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – Russia’s new S-500 air defense system will be entering military service ‘soon’, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said, as reported by Kommersant.

“On time, they are completing the commissioning of a new system – the S-500 system,” Borisov told Interfax, as quoted by Kommersant.

In early October, the Russian publication Izvestia reported that the Russian military tested the S-500 system in Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defense later denied these claims in an October 2nd statement, adding that “there was no need” for further testing.

The Russian S-500 system, dubbed the ‘Prometheus’, is expected to be Moscow’s response the U.S.’ F-35 stealth fighter, which has already entered service.

According to Military Today, “the S-500 is a new long-range anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile system, that was recently developed in Russia. It can be seen as an advanced version of the S-400. Its development of this air defense system commenced in 2002. It was developed by Almaz-Antey company. This system is also referred as the Prometey (Prometheus) and Triumfator-M. Prototype testing was expected to begin in 2015. Production of the S-500 air defense system reportedly commenced in 2017. It is planned to be fielded in 2020. Russia plans to field ten battalions of S-500 missiles.”

“The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but rather a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles travelling at a speed of 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft,” they added.

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S-500 isn’t needed to defeat F-35. S-500 is designed to intercept ICBM warheads. S-300 and S-400 can defeat F-35. Buk M3 can defeat F-35. Most air defense systems can defeat F-35.

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You obviously ignore how air defenses work : Most air defenses will be defeated before defeating any western assets. No need for F-35 to deal with these : there are enough efficient SEAD assets around, just think that the SCALP-EG stealth cruise missile totally outguns even S-500 in range and is extremely difficult to intercept as it flies at only 30m altitude, the Harop kamikaze drone and Delilah loitering missile have already defeated several Pantsir supposed to protect S-300/400/500 from low altitude threats. BTW, Harop can also be used to attack a S-300/400/500 battery and ranges 1000km, the only drawback… Read more »

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The article contradicts itself.
Oh, BTW… Satellites move faster than 7km/s and A-135 s to be replaced by A-235.

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You seem to think anything Russia puts out is propaganda and anything our country assuming your American is true blue…in Syria we and Israel are the bad guys the world sees that….your talking military only…when Syria itself should tell you terrorism is an effective lesson..a hurricane close to new Orleans brought us to a stand still///the Alaskan pipeline can not be guarded…amtrax can be let lose in new York subway…Israel needs to fight its own battles…if china gets involved. Iran Russia and china defeat Israel and Saudi Arabia and USA in the middle east battle ground…the after mentioned are the… Read more »