The head of the Rostec state corporation, Sergey Chemezov, said that serial production of the latest Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-500 will begin in the second half of next year.
According to him, in the next five years, Russia will not export these air defense systems, because, as quoted by Interfax, “first of all, we need to provide our army and only after that we should export it.” This approach is absolutely consistent with international practice. Leading manufacturers of weapons and military equipment always first work for the defense of their own country and only then for import orders.
Earlier, the Deputy Head of the Russian Aerospace Forces, General Yuri Grekhov, spoke about the imminent completion of work on this system. The S-500 system was developed at the Almaz-Antey Concern. This is a new generation of air defense systems, in which the principle of solving the problems of defeating ballistic and aerodynamic targets is applied. The main mission of the S-500 is to combat medium-range ballistic missile warheads. Such an interception threatens missiles with a launch range of up to 3 thousand 500 km.
Also, the S-500, according to some reports, can shoot down hypersonic cruise missiles. And also airplanes, almost all types of drones, hypersonic missiles flying at a speed five times the speed of sound, and even destroy targets in near space. From a defense point of view, it is very important that this weapon is also integrated into a single network with other air defense systems. In particular, the S-400 air defense system.
It is important that the promising S-500 anti-aircraft missile system is integrated into a single network with other air defense systems. In particular, with the S-400 Triumph
By the way, it was on the S-400 that Sergey Chemezov paid special attention. According to him, he is now in great demand in the world. But the main thing is that it is in demand in our troops. Including in the Arctic.
Just yesterday, a message came that the re-equipment of the air defense system of the Arctic regiment in Novaya Zemlya on the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system was completed. We are not talking about the militarization of the Russian Arctic. This, as the RG correspondent was told in the Russian Ministry of Defense, is an absolutely planned process of transition to more modern means of covering the northern strategic direction.
“With the transition to the new S-400 air defense systems, the area of controlled airspace in the Arctic will significantly increase,” the Northern Fleet press service said. It is very important that, according to the military, these funds are successfully operated in the Far North and the Arctic. The military does not hide the fact that the personnel of the regiment underwent retraining for new systems and prepared for taking up combat duty. Previously, there were already long-range complexes S-300. They also partially remain. But when we are talking specifically about the air defense system, it is necessary to have a weapon capable of destroying various air targets – both those that fly at high speeds and high echelons, and those that “sneak” to the guarded object.
It is known from open sources that the S-400 Triumph systems, developed by the Almaz-Antey aerospace defense concern, are designed to destroy strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets and other means of air attack. This weapon is capable of hitting aerodynamic targets at ranges of up to 400 km. And also at ranges of up to 60 kilometers, shoot down ballistic targets flying at speeds of up to 4.8 km per second.
Russia never hid that it would deploy additional air defense forces in the Far North, which would ensure the safety of airspace over the Northern Sea Route. Recall that not so long ago the first production batch of 12 Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile systems was delivered to the Russian Arctic zone. They were enough to form an air defense division to strengthen the air defense system in the Arctic. Even then, the Ministry of Defense reported that in the future, the unit of the Arctic “Thors” will be expanded to a full-fledged brigade. Together with the S-400 long-range systems on Novaya Zemlya and the Kola Peninsula, as well as the Pantsir-SA short-range air defense systems deployed in the Far North, these modern air defense systems reliably covered the Russian polar sky. Neither foreign planes with helicopters, nor enemy missiles with drones will break through it.