MOSCOW, October 13. / TASS /. Russia’s first S-500 Advanced Air Defense Systems Regiment has been delivered to a military unit guarding the airspace in the Russian capital Moscow, a source close to the Russian Defense Ministry told TASS.
“The first S-500 air defense systems regiment entered service with a unit, whose combat duty is to guard and defend the airspace above the country’s capital,” he said. declared, without specifying the military unit and the date the systems entered service.
The airspace over the Russian capital and the Central Industrial District is guarded by the 15th Aerospace Forces Army (Special Purpose).
According to the source, the second S-500 regiment will be handed over to Russian troops in the first half of 2022. The source added that it was a “long-term contract”.
Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on September 16 that the latest S-500 Prometey air defense system has completed testing and the first launchers have been supplied to the Russian armed forces. On July 20, the Defense Ministry announced that it had been tested against a high-speed ballistic target at the Kapustin Yar test field in southern Russia.
Produced by Almaz-Antey Concern, the S-500 air defense system is designed to defeat all possible means of air and space attack by a potential enemy over the entire range of heights and speeds. Specialized training to work with this system has been provided since 2017. The S-500 will replace the S-400 Triumph air defense system.