Next-Gen S-500 to Defend Russia Against Hypersonic Weapons and ICBMs


 An S-400 air defence missile system deployed for a combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase to provide security of the Russian air group's flights in Syria

    The next-generation S-500 Prometey surface-to-air missile system, also known as the 55R6M Triumfator-M, will allow Russia to protect large areas from the most lethal offensive weapons, including hypersonic weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, defense analyst Victor Murakhovsky told Radio Sputnik.

   Murakhovsky described the S-500 as an advanced, unified, multi-purpose, integrated anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile defense system, which is meant to replace the S-300 and complement the S-400 complex.

   “This is the next step. These are air defense capabilities on operational and strategic levels,” he said. The S-500 “allows us to protect entire regions from intercontinental ballistic missiles and other advanced weapons, including hypersonic glide vehicles currently under development in the United States.” © Wikipedia/ R.L. HouseUS to Spend $17Bln on Cruise Missiles in Hope to Outwit Russia’s S-300, S-400

   The analyst added that the S-500 will also be capable of hitting targets in near space, including satellites outfitted with electro-optical surveillance systems.

   Murakhovsky further said that the S-500 has canceled out multi-billion dollar advanced weapons programs which the United States has pursued.

   The S-500 has “displeased” the Pentagon since the US Department of Defense “has spent so much on creating the so-called Prompt Global Strike (PGS) initiative, as well as hypersonic glide vehicles and cruise missiles,” the analyst said. “All of this has gone down the drain. We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars!”

   In addition, Russia’s newest air defense system “has made Americans nervous taking into account that the S-500 is a purely defensive system and the fact that the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty,” he observed.

   Washington decided to withdraw from the ABM treaty in 2001, rendering one of the key international arms agreements void.

   The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of 7 kilometers per second. The Prometey is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles). The system is capable of intercepting aircraft and UAVs, as well as destroying low-earth-orbit satellites, space destruction devices and orbital weaponry.    The S-500 will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex that is already in service.

   “It is clear the S-500 is intended to serve as a high-altitude antiballistic missile system for home defense, and that its very long range could make it useful for anti-access/area denial and antisatellite tasks. It is also evident that it is designed to be mobile and hard to detect or hack into, so as to resist air-defense suppression strikes,” Sébastien Roblin wrote for the National Interest.

   The analyst added that it remained unclear when the S-500 will become fully operational and whether it would “live up” to its stated capabilities.

Russia’s Aerospace Force expects development of first S-500 missile system prototypes soon

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April 15 – The Russian Aerospace Force expects that the first S-500 antiaircraft missile system prototypes will be developed soon, Aerospace Force Air Defense Chief Viktor Gumyonny said on Friday.
“We expect the first prototypes of the S-500 antiaircraft missile system soon,” he said in an interview with TV Channel Rossiya-24.
The R&D work on the S-500 air defense system is nearing completion while the tests of the S-350 complex are currently underway, he said. “The prototype tests of the antiaircraft missile system S-350 Vityaz of the air defense forces are currently going on. The first launches have been successful and the system has proved its characteristics and will be used on a large scale for the replacement of the antiaircraft missile system S-300PS,” Gumyonny said.
Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bondarev earlier said the S-500 system might start arriving for the Russian Armed Forces already in 2016.
According to the commander, the advanced S-500 system will be capable of intercepting targets at an altitude of up to 200 km. The first regiment of S-500 antiaircraft missile systems is expected to provide cover for Moscow and central Russia.

Next-Gen S-500 Offers ‘World-Beating’ Features to Guard Russia’s Skies

S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler) air defense system


Russia’s newest S-500 Prometey system, which is expected to begin tests shortly, will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex and will, according to member of the advisory council of the Military-Industrial Commission Viktor Murakhovsky, be second to none.

“The S-500 has world-beating characteristics: it can engage air attack weapons, as well as ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles,” he told Sputnik. “In addition, the system provides space defense since it can engage targets in near space, at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles).”

The cutting-edge S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a maximum range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The highly-mobile system could simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic missiles traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per second.

The system is so good, that “many US defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming” it, defense expert Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest earlier this month.As a result, the S-500, also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, will most likely form the basis of the country’s multilayered air defense system as soon as it becomes operational in the coming years. First prototypes are expected to begin tests later this year.

The Russian Armed Forces reportedly plan to purchase ten S-500 battalions.