India and China may become the first buyers of the latest Russian S-500 Prometheus missile defense system, said Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
“When this system is delivered to the Armed Forces in the required volume, it will also be possible to supply it for export. We consider India, as well as China, and all those states with whom we have long-standing, partner and predictable relationships, as future owners of this newest system,” he said.
At the same time, the FSMTC intends to consider potential applications individually in each specific case, added Shugaev.
Previously, President Vladimir Putin said that the army will receive the first production model of the S-500 in the near future.
“In the coming years, more than 200 aircraft and 26 S-350 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as the first serial sample of the newest S-500 missile system, are to be supplied to the troops,” he said.
The head of state recalled that over the past four years, the Armed Forces have replenished 25 S-400 complexes and over 70 modern fighters, and more than 20 S-300 complexes and 90 aircraft have been modernized.
As a result, the effectiveness of covering the most important military and industrial infrastructure has significantly increased, Putin stressed.
According to him, the updated air defense system should detect hypersonic and ballistic missiles of all types and be capable of destroying them along the entire flight path.
The President noted that some foreign countries are not abandoning their attempts to break the strategic parity.
“Including through the deployment of elements of a global anti-missile defense in the immediate vicinity of our borders. We cannot fail to notice these threats to Russia’s security and will respond appropriately to the situation,” he concluded.
The S-500 Prometheus belongs to a new generation of ground-to-air air defense systems. It is a universal long-range and high-altitude intercept complex with an increased anti-missile defense potential and is capable of striking ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets (aircraft, helicopters, etc.).
The radius of destruction of the S-500 is about 600 kilometers. The system can detect and simultaneously hit up to ten ballistic supersonic targets flying at speeds up to seven kilometers per second, including blocks of hypersonic missiles. In terms of its characteristics, the S-500 should significantly exceed the S-400 and its American competitor Patriot Advanced Capability 3.
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