Russia said on Tuesday it had successfully tested its new S-500 air defense missile systems at a southern training field and hit a high-speed ballistic target.
Russia says the S-500, which is expected to have a maximum firing range of 600 kilometers, is the most advanced anti-missile system in the world and is capable of countering attacks from space.
Its development, however, is years behind schedule. The military previously said the military would start receiving the first S-500 systems in 2020.
In April, systems maker Almaz-Anty said work on the S-500 was nearing completion.
“At the Kapustin Yar training ground, the latest S-500 air defense anti-missile weapon system performed live fire drills to hit a ballistic target at high speed,” the Defense Ministry said. in a press release.
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“The target has been hit,” the statement added.
Video footage of the test was first released by the Defense Ministry.
Once the tests are complete, the first S-500 system – also known as the Prometheus and Triumfator-M – will be sent to an air defense unit outside of Moscow, the Defense Ministry said.
NATO member Turkey bought the advanced system’s predecessor, the S-400, from Russia, despite US protests that it threatens the alliance’s defenses.
On Monday, Russia announced that it had carried out yet another successful test of its hypersonic Zircon cruise missile, which is part of a new arsenal of weapons called “invincible” by the president. Vladimir Poutine.
He was due to attend an airshow later Tuesday, in which a new Russian-developed fighter jet was to be unveiled.