The delivery of brand new S-500 air defense missile systems to the Russian Aerospace Forces will begin shortly, Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lt. Gen. Viktor Gumenny has said.
"The S-500 research and development project is coming to an end. We have made major progress. The first S-500 air defense missile systems are expected to be ready soon," Gumenny said on the Rossiya-24 television channel.
The S-500 prospective air defense missile systems designed by Almaz-Antey Concern belong to the next generation of surface-to-air complexes; they operate at long range and intercept their targets at high altitudes, having an enhanced missile defense potential. In all, the state armament program plans the procurement of five S-500 air defense missile systems.
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