Russia Shortens Timetable for S-500 Deployment

Russia's new S-500 air-defense weapon could start being placed into operation as soon as next year, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday (see GSN, Feb. 8).

The developmental S-500 technology is designed to eliminate up to 10 targets at ranges as great as 370 miles. The cutting-edge technology is intended to form the backbone of Russia's future air and missile defense framework.

"I think that as soon as next year we will get the first of these (S-500) systems in service," air force chief Maj. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said to reporters.

In February, weapons developer Almaz-Antey suggested that program management issues and difficulties with the technology would cause development of the S-500 to continue into 2017.
 
While Russia waits for receipt of the advanced missile defense systems, Bondarev said the country was still well protected from air attacks through ongoing acquisitions of the long-range S-400 Triumph as well as routine air defense response exercises.
 
"We have improved the response time to airborne threats to three to four seconds compared to the previous nine to 10 seconds," the major general said (RIA Novosti, June 27).
June 28, 2012
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Russia's new S-500 air-defense weapon could start being placed into operation as soon as next year, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday.

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