An expert explains capabilities of the Russian S-500 missile system

MOSCOW, (BM) – The promising S-500 anti-aircraft missile system will be able to intercept targets hundreds of kilometers from the Earth, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Pavel Sozinov, general designer of the Almaz-Antey concern.

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“Interception in the upper atmosphere is real. It is hundreds of kilometers from the Earth. <…> This is a system that solves a whole range of tasks of both air defense and missile defense. Today we are working out the elements of the system with the maximum cost savings allocated for testing,” Sozinov said in an interview with Arkady Mamontov in his YouTube program.

According to the general designer, the S-500 has no analogues in the world and solves a whole range of tasks of both air defense and missile defense. Now the developers are testing the elements of the system with maximum savings on the funds allocated for testing.

“We tried to make a forecast for the next 25 years on the development of aerospace attack weapons and believe that it will be very reliable in terms of the characteristics that a potential adversary can achieve in this period of time. Accordingly, our system must be able to deal with those means which are still missing, but may appear in five, seven or ten years,” Sozinov added.

In early February, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that in 2020 the complex would be ready for supply to the Armed Forces.

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As Krivoruchko explained, the main task of the S-500 is to combat the combat equipment of medium-range ballistic missiles (self-intercepting with a launch range of up to 3.5 thousand kilometers) and intercontinental ballistic missiles in the final section of the trajectory, and in certain cases in the middle section.

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