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Russia Eyes 2016 Fielding of S-500 Antimissile System
Russian General Staff head Gen. Valery Gerasimov on Thursday declared that the next-generation S-500 antimissile system would "become available" sometime in 2016, Interfax reported.
Development of the S-500 surface-to-air missile and other new weapons "has been steady and uninterrupted," Gerasimov said.
There has been speculation that management problems and troubles getting the cutting-edge technology to perform correctly could delay the S-500's availability until 2017.
The air and missile defense system is a more capable version of the current-generation S-400 and is designed to have the capability to neutralize ICBM threats.
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