Sunday, June 16, 2024

Russian military awards contract for ten S-500 air defense systems

Russian Defence Ministry on Thursday confirmed that it has awarded Russia’s state arms group Almaz-Antey a contract for the first batch of the S-500 Prometey air defense systems.

“The Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with VKO Almaz-Antey on shipment of over 10 Prometey systems to the Aerospace forces. Serial shipments will begin in the first half of 2022,” a source said.

The contract includes funding to produce a batch of the first ten S-500 surface-to-air missile systems designed to swat down both air-breathing and ballistic missile threats.


Local media also reported that that “state trials of the S-500 currently proceed at a proving ground in southern Russia.” The trials are expected to wrap up in late 2021.

Just last week, the Russian military released footage of its advanced new S-500 surface-to-air missile system in action.

The ministry said the missile had successfully hit a “high-speed ballistic target”.

“The S-500 anti-aircraft missile system has no analogues in the world and is designed to defeat the entire spectrum of existing and promising aerospace attack weapons of a potential enemy in the entire range of altitudes and speeds,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Once the full test cycle is complete, the equipment plans provide for the delivery of the first S-500 system to the Air Defence and Missile Defence unit near Moscow,” it said, without specifying a time frame.

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Colton Jones
Colton Jones
Colton Jones is the deputy editor of Defence Blog. He is a US-based journalist, writer and publisher who specializes in the defense industry in North America and Europe. He has written about emerging technology in military magazines and elsewhere. He is a former Air Force airmen and served at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.