The new S-500 air defense system will be able to work against hypersonic weapons in near space - Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces
Moscow. 3 July. INTERFAX - The new-generation S-500 Prometheus air defense system (air defense) system will be able to destroy satellites and hypersonic weapons in near space, said Sergei Surovikin, Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of Russia.
"According to its tactical and technical characteristics, the S-500 can be attributed to the first generation of space defense systems, since in the future it will be able to destroy low-orbit satellites and space weapons," Surovikin said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The characteristics laid down in the S-500 air defense system make it possible to destroy, in addition to aerodynamic and ballistic targets, hypersonic weapons of all modifications, including in the near space. It is safe to say that analogues of this system simply do not exist,” he said.
According to Surovikin, Prometheus is being developed by the Almaz-Antey concern as a new generation of anti-aircraft missile systems using the principle of separately solving the tasks of destroying ballistic and aerodynamic targets.
"The main task of the complex is the destruction of medium-range ballistic missiles, and, if necessary, the warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the final section of their flight path," said the commander in chief.
"The S-500 complex is capable of destroying hypersonic aircraft, planes and unmanned aerial vehicles," he said.