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Russia to develop S-500 air defense system soon: air force commander
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08:21, September 17, 2009

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Russia's advanced S-500 air defense system could be developed in the near future, the Air Force commander said Wednesday.

The S-500 surface-to-air missile system is currently at the blueprint stage and was expected to be ready by 2012.

"This work is in progress... I think this system will appear in the near future," RIA Novosti quoted Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin as saying.

The S-500 system, which has an extended range of up to 600 km and can simultaneously engage up to 10 targets, was expected to outperform Russia's S-400 system and the U.S. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system.

The new system was expected to also be capable of destroying hypersonic and ballistic targets.

Last month, the commander said air-space defense brigades will be created within the Russian Air Force and will be equipped with S-400 and S-500 air defense systems in order to counter possible threats from other nations.

Source: Xinhua

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