S-500 Systems Will Learn How To Shoot Down Satellites In Low Orbit
The promising Russian S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system will undergo modernization, thanks to which it will be able to hit satellites in low-earth orbit, according to the commander-in-chief of the Air and space forces, Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin. According to him, in its current form, the complex can intercept aerodynamic and ballistic targets, including hypersonic weapons in near space.
The S-500 complex has been under development since the early 2010s. Earlier it was reported that the complex, in addition to the targets named Surovikin, will be able to intercept combat blocks of Intercontinental ballistic missiles on the final flight section. The speed of intercepted air targets will be up to 7 kilometers per second. The range of s-500 anti-aircraft missiles will be about 600 kilometers. The complex itself can simultaneously fire up to ten ballistic targets.
The s-500 is planned to be integrated into a single network with THE s-300VM4 "Antey-2500" and S-400 "Triumph" complexes already in service, as well as the promising s-350 "Vityaz." Earlier it was reported that the Russian Defense Ministry will receive the first s-500 systems in 2021. At the same time, the military plans to sign the first contract for the serial delivery of new anti-aircraft systems. The first complexes under this agreement will be transferred to the military Department in 2025.