Russia’s new S-500 cuts out eavesdroppers

The S-500 will significantly outperform the most modern Russian surface-to-air system, the Triumph S-400.

The S-500 will significantly outperform the most modern Russian surface-to-air system, the Triumph S-400.

Equipped with new and super inaudible radio channels, those trying to listen in to classified talk will not be able to hear communications for Russia’s S-500 surface-to-air missile system.

The Russian S-500 long-range surface-to-air missile system will be equipped with new radio communications systems that are unrivalled in terms of quality, data transmission distance and stealth, the developers claim, and will cut out any possible eavesdroppers.

"Currently, the corporation is developing the next, sixth-generation radio communications resources for completing the various types of military technology, including air-to-surface missile systems; those already present in the armed forces and those that will be in the future," said a representative of the Russian defence industry. The futuristic S-500 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system is one of them.

The source explained that radio stations from earlier generations worked on frequencies that had been established earlier, which increased the possibility of the transmitted information being tracked and intercepted. In future systems, this (interception) will not be possible.

"The equipment will have completely new potential and will significantly increase the quality, range, protection and stealth of communications. Sixth-generation communications technology will be created within the next two years," said the representative.

Mikhail Khodaryonok, anti-aircraft warfare and missile defence systems expert, told that anti-aircraft warfare resources and communications systems are primarily required to be stealthy and immune to disturbances.

"Stealth in order to conceal what people are saying, what is being transmitted, the type of information exchange and immunity to disturbances so that communications work in all conditions, even when exposed to the enemy, remains secret" explained Khodaryonok.

"No disturbances created by the enemy when the tele-coded information is being transmitted must affect the system's efficiency, because the command centre is in one place, the division in another and the launching pad in a third. But information must be transmitted. There are antennae that stretch out and help establish communication," he said.

The S-500 is a universal long-range and high-altitude interception system with increased anti-missile defence potential.

The system will significantly outperform the most modern Russian surface-to-air system, the Triumph S-400, which proved its worth during the recent Russian air force operations in Syria, by covering the entire territory of the country (it has a 250-mile radius), turning it into a no-fly zone.

The S-500 will be able to detect and simultaneously strike up to 10 ballistic supersonic targets flying at a speed of 4.5 miles per second and strike the warheads of hypersonic missiles.

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