Russia’s S-350 air defense missile system prototype to be ready soon

Preliminary trials are being held, says military official

The first prototype of the S-350 air defense missile system will be ready in the imminent future, Sergei Babakov, head of the air defense missile troops department of the Russian Aerospace Force’s Air and Ballistic Missile Defense Forces Command, said.

The air defense missile system will be delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in accordance with the schedule, he added.

"The development of the prototype is nearing completion. Preliminary trials are being held. I am convinced that this system will arrive for the Russian Armed Forces in accordance with the schedule," Babakov said in an interview with Russian News Service radio station.

It was reported earlier that the new surface-to-air missile designed for the S-350 Vityaz medium-range air defense missile system had started undergoing trials in 2015.

The S-350 air defense missile system is planned to complete its state trials and be made operational in 2016.

The S-350 air defense missile system comprises a 50K6E control center, 50N6E multipurpose radars and 50P6E launchers with 12 9M96E2 surface-to-air missiles each.

The system can hit 16 aerodynamic targets or 12 ballistics targets simultaneously.

The S-350 air defense missile system can hit targets within a range of 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) and at an altitude of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles).

The time needed to deploy the system to the combat position is five minutes.

Source: Tass.com

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