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Russia Successfully Tests S-500 Air Defence Missile System  

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S-500 missile system hits test targetRussia successfully test-fired its new S-500 Air Defence Missile Systems in a Kapustin Yar Training ground, Russia. The missile, considered as the most advanced anti-missile system, successfully hit a high-speed ballistic target.

  • S-400 Triumf is a Long-range Surface-to-Air Missile Defence System. It is an interceptor-based missile system which can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, missiles, and drones at ranges of up to 600 kms.
  • It is manufactured by Almaz-Antey (Russian State-owned company).
  • Post successful completion of tests, the first S-500 system known as ‘Prometheus’ & the Triumfator-M will be sent to an Air Defence unit outside Moscow, Russia.

S-400 System

Several Countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, India have all acquired/or expressed interest in acquiring S-400.

i.In 2018, India signed a USD 5 billion deal with Russia to buy 5 units of the S-400 air defence missile systems.

  • India is set to receive the 1st batch of S-400 System from Russia between October-December, 2021.
  • India’s DRDO is developing its own Indigenous ‘Akash’ Air Defence Missile System.

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