Russia Tests New Interceptor for Neutralizing Strategic Missiles

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Global Security Newswire Staff
July 8, 2014, 8:31 a.m.

Rus­sia has car­ried out a suc­cess­ful test-fir­ing of a new in­ter­cept­or de­signed to des­troy in­ter­con­tin­ent­al bal­list­ic mis­siles, IT­AR-Tass re­por­ted on Monday.

An an­onym­ous de­fense-sec­tor source told the gov­ern­ment-man­aged news agency that “test-launches” of the S-500 sys­tem were con­duc­ted late last month. “All goals and tasks set with­in this event were ful­filled com­pletely,” the source said.

The S-500 is de­signed to counter long-range bal­list­ic mis­sile threats and is a more cap­able ver­sion of the cur­rent S-400 sys­tem. The S-500 is de­signed to de­tect and counter as many as 10 bal­list­ic threats at once, as well as cruise mis­siles and hos­tile air­craft.

Rus­si­an mil­it­ary of­fi­cials have said they ex­pect to de­ploy the first S-500 units by late next year.