Russian Aerospace Forces to Get State of the Art S-500 Air Defense Systems

11:10 15.04.2016 (updated 12:15 15.04.2016)

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

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Aerospace Forces are expecting the appearance of new models of the S-500 air defense systems soon, Russian Aerospace Forces Vice Commander Lt.-Gen. Viktor Gumenny said Friday.

“We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon,” Gumenny said on Russia’s Rossiya-24 television.

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.

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S-500 Prometheus 55R6M Triumfator-M air defense missile system

S-500_77P6_air_defense_missile_system_TEL_Transporter_Erector_Launcher_vehicle_Russia_Russian_defence_industry_640_001 77P6 Self Propelled Transporter Erector Launcher of S-500 Prometheus

The S-500 is a new long-range anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile system, that is currently being developed in Russia. Development of this air defense system commenced in 2002. It is being developed by Almaz-Antey company. This system is also referred as the Prometey (Prometheus) and Triumfator-M. Prototype testing is expected to begin in 2015. The S-500 is planned to enter service at the end of this decade, possibly in 2017-2018. Russia plans to field ten battalions of S-500 missiles.

The S-500 is not an upgrade of the S-400, but a new design. It uses a lot of new technology and is superior to the S-400. It was designed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is planned to have a range of 500-600 km and hit targets at altitudes as high as 40 km. Some sources claim that this system is capable of tracking 5-20 ballistic targets and intercepting up to 5-10 ballistic targets simultaneously. It can defeat ballistic missiles travelling at 5-7 kilometers per second. It has been reported that this air defense system can also target low orbital satellites. It is planned that the S-500 will shield Moscow and the regions around it. It will replace the current A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. The S-500 missiles will be used only against the most important targets, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, AWACS and jamming aircraft.

S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler): Details

Missile launcher unit


The S-500 missiles are mobile. All equipment will be carried by heavy high mobility trucks. The missiles are likely to be carried by and launched from BAZ-69096 trucks with 10×10 configuration.

Two command posts are planned to be based on BAZ-69092-12 6×6 trucks. Acquisition and battle management radar is planned to be towed by BAZ-6403.01 8×8 tractor truck. Another acquisition radar is planned to be mounted on the BAZ-69096 10×10 chassis. A multi-mode engagement radar is planned to be mounted on BAZ-6909-022 8×8 truck. The anti-ballistic missile engagement radar is planned to be mounted on BAZ-69096 10×10 chassis. All of these vehicles have good cross-country mobility.


77N6-N & 77N6-N1 Missiles at an Integration Rig

The S-500 will carry various missiles. These missiles will have various ranges and will be used against different targets. In 2009 a 40N6 long-range air defense missile was ready for testing.


  Some sources report, that the S-500 system can detect ballistic missile at a range of 2 000 km and warheads of ballistic missiles at a range of 1 300 km. It can defeat ballistic missiles before their warheads re-enter atmosphere.


This system has brief reaction time. It has been reported that the S-500 can launch missiles within 10 minutes from travelling. Also it can be considered as a survivable system, as after launching its missiles it can briefly redeploy. In the 1980s Soviets already used this shoot, scoot and hide philosophy on the S-300V air defense system.


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