Russian Ministry of Defense placed an order with Almaz-Antey for ten S-500 missile systems.
"Russian defense ministry signed a contract with VKO Almaz-Antey on shipment of over 10 Prometey systems to the Aerospace forces. Serial shipments will begin in the first half of 2022," a source in the military-industrial complex was quoted as saying by government-owned TASS Thursday.
State trials of the S-500 are currently underway in southern Russia. The trials are expected to wrap up in late 2021, the source added.
Earlier, Commander of Missile Defence Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Maj. Gen. Sergei Babakov, said in an interview with the Russian Defense Ministry-owned Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, said "Currently, a number of tests have been carried out with combat launches of anti-aircraft guided missiles at air targets. All tests have been completed with a positive result.”
S-500 Naval Variant
The current variant of the system is ground-based. "If necessary, it can become a naval one," the source said.
The naval version of the S-500 could follow the same pattern of development as the S-300 and S-400, both of which have analogs in service with the Russian Navy. This variant has been connected with the planned Lider (Project 23560) class of destroyers.