Russian S-500 Air Defense System: Is it worth the Hype?

  • By Our Bureau
  • 01:11 AM, July 11, 2020
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The S-500 Prometheus also known as 55R6M "Triumfator-M" is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile defence system.

After years spent in development, the S-500 will be ready for trials by the Russian Aerospace Forces (RAF) later this year, the head of the RAF’s anti-aircraft missile section, Major General Sergey Babakov said on July 7 2020 to Russian media.

In a test of its missile that surprised the world; Russia conducted the longest range surface-to-air missile test to date with the S-500 in May 2018. The S-500 was able to hit a target almost 300 miles (482 km) away. The system’s claimed range is 600 km.

The S-500 is designed for intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and low earth orbit satellites.