New Russian-made S-500 air defense missile system has entered acceptance trials

According to information released by the Russian Press Agency, TASS on August 25, 2020, Russia’s latest S-500 air defense missile system has entered acceptance trials, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov at the Army-2020 military technical forum that takes place in the Moscow Region.
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Artist view of new Russian-made S-500 air defense missile system. (Picture source Military Watch Magazine website)

“The fact is that acceptance trials have begun and today the S-500 simplified configuration is already available and work is underway to purchase parts for its serial production,” he said.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko said in February that military specialists had held the trials of the world’s unrivaled surface-to-air missiles for the latest S-500 air defense system last year.

He said in December 2019 that the preliminary tests of the S-500 antiaircraft missile system would begin in 2020 and the commencement of its serial deliveries to the troops was scheduled in 2025.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu earlier said that the deliveries of the latest S-500 surface-to-air missile systems to the troops would begin in 2020. Russia has been training specialists to learn to operate the new system at the Military Academy of the Aerospace Force in Tver since 2017.

Russia is developing the S-500 with a view of its operation in the next 25 years. As the Western media reported, the new Russian missile system strikes the target at a range of 481.2 km or 80 km more compared to any existing missile system.

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