Russia plans to deploy a new air missile defense system in 2017 that can hit targets in space, the Russian News agency was quoted by Defense News.
“The promising S-500 air defense missile system is at the development stage. It’s planned to be deployed in 2017,” a Russian ministry official was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
The long-range system will be able to destroy targets even if they are in space and cover the whole Russian territory, the official added.
Russia is developing more and more effective missile defense systems for use as a deterrent while opposing plans by the United States to build a missile defense shield in Europe.
Russia says its most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-missile system currently in use, the S-400 Triumph, has a range of 400 kilometers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last year that Russia’s armed forces would acquire around 28 S-400s over the following decade.
Russia has declined to cancel hugely controversial contracts to supply Syria with four of its powerful S-300 air defense missile systems, a deal that has sparked international concern.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Izvestia pro-Kremlin daily on Monday that all Syria’s contracts with Russia were being fulfilled.
The S-300 advanced air defense missile systems that Russia refused to deliver to Iran have now been completely dismantled and scrapped. “The equipment that was to have been delivered to Iran is no more,” Almaz-Antey Corporations CEO Vladislav Menshchikov said
Russia recently offered S-300VM or SA-23 Gladiator to Iran attempting to cover up its failed deal to supply S-300 missile systems to Tehran, according to reports. This S-300VM missile defense system can simultaneously destroy up to 24 aircraft within the range a range of 200 kilometers or intercept up to 16 ballistic missiles
Russia unveils its new short-to-mid-range air defense platform ‘Vityaz, which will replace older variants of the S-300 system. The army will begin testing the new hardware later this year
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday announced that it will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria. “We respect all our contracts and are honoring all our contractual obligations,” Lavrov said
Rosoboronexport announced recently the development of a long-range air defense complex based on S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to be produced jointly with Turkey. Turkey launched a tender for the purchase of long-range air defense systems long ago but no winner is zeroed in yet
Iranian lawmakers announced on Friday that the issue of Russian S-300 air-defense system delivery to Iran could still be resolved. Iran is hoping Moscow will fulfill its contractual obligation and deliver the system to Tehran, said lawmaker Mohammad-Reza Mohseni-Sani
The United Arab Emirates defense firm to work with Russia to develop an unmanned combat aerial vehicle based on Russias Berkut VL helicopter. Russias Berkut Aero design bureau and the UAEs Adcom Systems are considering the Berkut VL helicopter as a model for a drone to be stationed aboard an aircraft carrier and fly to remote areas, Berkut Aero development director Dmitry Rumyantsev told RIA Novosti
Russia is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle based on the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced today. The drone development is currently at a “preliminary research stage,” in accordance with plans approved by the Russian Defense Ministry, UAC president Mikhail Pogosyan was quoted by RIA Novosti at the MAKS-2013 airshow
The Russian Navy will receive about 20 new missile systems and over 70 aircraft and helicopters by 2020, Navy chief Admiral Viktor Chirkov was quoted by RIA Novosti. Coast guard units will receive some 20 Bastion and Bal missile systems, 21 new aircraft and 54 helicopters, he said, adding that existing ones will be modernized and upgraded
Russia will postpone the supply of 12 MiG-29M/M2 jets and the S-300 missile systems to Syria until 2016-2017 due to failed payments, according to the Kommersant newspaper. Initially six of 12 MiGs were expected to be shipped to Syria by the end of this year
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