s550 missile: Russia explores the market for the S550 missile system; all eyes on India



Even before Russia offered its Air Force S500 and S550 killer missile systems that created a buzz across continents, it began to explore the market for them, a source said.

While the S550 is in the planning stage, the S-500 system is still awaiting induction after successful trials.

Sources said detailed discussions on the S500 and S550 will be held during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India in December this year.

Dmitriy Shugaev, director of the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service, would neglect the entire strategic mission of selling the new anti-aircraft defense system. He is also considered the putative heir to the head of the Rostec State Corp, Sergey Chemezov.

“But all eyes are on what would be on the negotiating table,” the source said.

Also during Putin’s visit, Russia will deliver the first batch of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system.

India bought the S-400 system from Russia in 2018 for $ 5.2 billion. Russia will deliver the first batch in December of this year. It will be the main pillar of the Indian Air Force‘s defense grid.

Earlier this week in Moscow, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia was developing an advanced, never-before-seen S-550 missile system. However, he did not give details on the design or capacity of the system.

“The Head of State placed particular emphasis on the importance of advancing the development of national air and anti-missile defense systems, and the supply of S-350, S-500 and S-550 to the armed forces”, Shoigu said at a press conference. Ministerial conference in Moscow.

Russian state news agency TASS said the former Soviet Union developed the S-550 high-mobility terminal air defense system in the 1980s. The project, along with many others, was closed in the framework of the Soviet-American military agreements of this period.

The equipment installed on the prototype of the system was dismantled after 1992. The project bases were destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he said.

The latest S-500 system is still waiting for induction after successful trials. Now the Russian military will receive the first batch of S-500s. Previously, the Russian military said it would receive the first S-500 systems in 2020.



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