The Washington Free Beacon reports that “Russia’s military has completed work on a new missile defense radar in southern Russia that has some U.S. military officials worried Moscow is building up offensive and defensive strategic forces in destabilizing combination.”
The large radar station near Armavir, located near the Black Sea and designed to detect missiles launched from Europe and Iran, is nearly complete, said U.S. officials.The radar deployment comes as Russia is seeking legal restrictions on U.S. and NATO missile defenses in Europe that are designed to protect the continent and the United States from long-range Iranian missiles. The paper also reports that “U.S. officials said Russia’s military restricted publication of photographs of the controversial Yars-M missile… However, one photo of the new missile’s prohibited view was published last year. Russia could soon receive new air defense missile system S-500 able to intercept ballistic missiles
The Russian Armed Forces could soon receive the first pre-production prototypes of the next-generation S-500 air defense system. The S-500 “Prometey (Prometheus) is a Russian surface-to-air defense missile system, currently under development is also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M.”
The S-500 is an advanced version of S-400 with dedicated components designed to intercept ballistic missiles at a height of up to 200 km. The system is expected to be able to shoot down up to 10 incoming ballistic missiles simultaneously. It also has an extended radar range compared to S-400, a maximum range of 600 km. It’s also expected to rival U.S. technology, which currently touts the Patriot PAC3 missile defense system against the S-400.