Russia to begin S-500 delivery “ahead of schedule”
July 22, 2019 -- Russia is poised to deploy its latest generation of air defence systems, the S-500 “Prometheus”, designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles and capable of engaging aircraft and cruise missiles.
Russia may start S-500 deliveries to troops ahead of schedule after successful trials, according to Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. Defence minister Sergei Shoigu earlier said that the deliveries would begin in 2020.
The new system is expected to have a range of up to 600km and will be able to detect and simultaneously hit up to 10 ballistic targets flying at speeds of up to 7km per second, according to Virginia-based think tank GlobalSecurity.org.
The S-500 Prometey (Prometheus), also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, is intended to integrate with existing S-300, S-350 and S-400 systems to form a single air defence command network.
- Russia to start delivery of S-500 air defense system ‘ahead of shedule’ (Jerusalem Post)
- S-500 Prometheus 55R6M Triumfator-M air defense missile system (Army Technology)
- S-500 Prometey [Prometheus] 55R6M Triumfator-M (GlobalSecurity.org)
- S-500 Prometheus air and missile defence system (FMSO)
- How does the S-400 work? (BBC)