Monday, April 10, 2017

S-500: Russia's Super Weapon

The Russian military expects to receive the first examples of the new Almaz Antey S-500 air and missile defense systems. The new weapon—which will form the upper tier of Russia’s layered integrated air defense system—is expected to be able to engage targets at altitudes of about 125 miles—or 660,000 feet. That means that S-500 will be able to engage targets such as incoming ballistic missiles in space at ranges as great as 400 miles.
The S-500 is expected to able to detect and simultaneously attack up to ten ballistic missile warheads flying at speeds of 23,000 feet per second. It is also designed to use hit-to-kill interceptors, a design like Lockheed Martin's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
The S-500 is so capable that many U.S. defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming them.