Russia is creating its own equivalents of the U.S. missile defense systems THAAD and GMD and they should be provided to the Russian Armed Forces in the very near future, Pavel Sozinov, general constructor of the concern Almaz-Antei, said on Monday.
"Russia is creating an analogue of the missile defense system THAAD, which helps intercept medium-range ballistic missiles and some warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The testing of this system will begin in the very near future," he said.
Sozinov also said Russia is creating an analogue of a different U.S. missile defense system, CMD, which is equipped with GBI missiles. A series of tests has already been performed on this system, he said.
"An analogue of this system, its mobile version, is also being created in the Russian Federation. It has somewhat different characteristics: the Defense Ministry demands that we should ensure a considerably higher interception effectiveness than that of the Americans. We are actively working on the prototypes of these systems and we expect them to be provided to the Russian army in the short-term future," Sozinov said.
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