Dec 13

Russian Army Could Soon Receive Newest S-500 Air Defense System

Safe Skies: Russian Army Could Soon Receive Newest S-500 Air Defense System:

The Russian Armed Forces could soon receive the first preproduction prototypes of the next-generation S-500 air defense system, defense expert Igor Korotchenko asserted.

Russia is paying particular attention to developing aerospace defense systems, he noted.

“We heard figures indicating that the Russian Aerospace Forces will soon receive more S-400 systems. The S-500 will soon finish state tests and enter service,” Korotchenko said following the board meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry on Friday. Continue reading »

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Mar 12

Russian S-300 Missile Systems Designed To Hit Near Space Targets Such As Nuclear Warheads
A soldier during a military exercise involving S-300/SA 10 surface-to-air missile systems

Russian S-300 missile systems capable of targeting near space ‘enter service’ (RT, March 12, 2015):

Near space targets can now be hit by Russian army’s mobile tactical air defense S-300 and S-400 systems as a much anticipated long-range missile enters service. It is designed to engage hard targets such as nuclear warheads, rather than satellites.

The news about a mobile version of an exo-atmospheric missile system has been around since the 1990s, and throughout the 2000s it was expected “in a little while.” But the result obtained is worth the years of hard effort.

The new 40N6 missile guarantees a direct hit on a target at a range of 400 kilometers and at heights of up to 185 kilometers – effectively near space. Continue reading »

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Aug 11

T-50 fifth-generation multirole fighter
T-50 fifth-generation multirole fighter (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

Russia to deploy fifth-gen fighters, S-500 missiles in 2016 (RT, Aug 10, 2014):

In 2016, the Russian military will start deploying two advanced weapons, the fifth-generation fighter jet PAK FA and the long-range surface-to-air missile systems S-500, chief of the Russian Air Forces said.

Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev gave an outline of his branch’s modernization plans, including the build-up of Arctic infrastructure, in a radio interview with the Russian News Service station on Sunday. Continue reading »

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