Works to create the Russian S-500 anti-aircraft missile system will be completed in 2021, according to Lieutenant General Andrey Yudin, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
He said that individual elements of the future S-500 have already been developed, now they are undergoing state tests of a simplified configuration of the future air defense system. The mobile air and missile defense system will be ready next year, PolitExpert reports.
The new S-500 system - the successor to the S-400 air defense system - will perform the functions of an air defense and missile defense system and destroy enemy satellites and hypersonic weapons in low Earth orbit.
The first sample of the new air defense system will enter service with the Russian army in 2025.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that the Turkish authorities decided to purchase the Russian S-400 air defense systems to strengthen their Air Forces, which lost many pilots after the coup attempt in 2016, The National Interest reports.