Russia plans S-500 missile defense system deployment
Russia has announced plans to deploy its state-of-the-art S-500 Prometheus ballistic and hypersonic missile defense system this year, Press TV reported.
"We are expecting the first models of the S-500 air defense systems very soon," RT quoted Russian Aerospace Forces Vice-Commander Lieutenant General Viktor Gumenny as saying on Friday.
According to reports, Russia's Defense Ministry has already ordered five of the systems which are currently passing their final testing stages.
Viktor Murakhovsky, the advisory council of the Military-Industrial Commission, said the new complex will be highly superior to its previous models such as the S-400.
The long-range, high-altitude intercept complex can reportedly simultaneously engage 10 targets moving as fast as seven kilometers per second-the approximate speed of an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile armed with nuclear warheads.
The system will able to destroy targets within a range of 600 kilometers, in altitudes of 180-200 kilometers and will be integrated with Moscow's current air-defenses.