Technical-military cooperation between Russia and international clients did not stop despite the global pandemic, said the Russian Minister of Industry and trade Dimitry Manturov to Interfax on the sidelines of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2020 that took place in Moscow Region in August.
"The global coronavirus pandemic has certainly affected the international arms markets. However, military-technical cooperation remains one of the most important directions of the foreign policy of many states, therefore, the negotiation processes continue taking into account the existing restrictions in certain countries," said Manturov in his interview with Interfax.
He added that Russia will always meet its obligations towards its partners, especially in the sphere of arms export. Manturov clrified that the high and stable demand on Russian weapons and military equipment contributes to this commitment to meet the demands of its partners.
On the matter of delivering the S-400 air defence system to Turkey and India, Manturov said that Russia was ready to manufacture for and supply Turkey with an additional batch of S-400 air defence systems within the time frame established by the contract. Issues related to specific delivery times will be resolved during the negotiation process.
As for speeding up the delivery of the S-400 to India, he noted that in accordance with the contract with the Indian side, the delivery dates for the S-400 Triumph air defence systems had already been set. Within these terms, the delivery of systems would be carried out. All the issues of interest to the parties related to the implementation of this contract have already been discussed.
Manturov also said that the preliminary tests of the S-500 were underway and that the results achieved so far were positive. He added that the conclusion of contracts for the serial production of the S-500 system was planned for 2020.
In July 2020, the commander of Missile Defence Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Maj. Gen. Sergei Babakov said that it was planned to start arming the Russian army with the promisingS-500 Prometheus systems in the coming years.
The S-500 is not just a conventional air and missile defence system, but an weapon that is capable of destroying of low-orbit satellites and space-launched weapons from hypersonic aircrafts, shock hypersonic UAVs and orbital platforms. It will fundamentally change Russia’s air defence capabilities, says Col. (ret) Sergei Khatylev, former head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the special forces command of the Russian Air Force.
“The system is capable of solving several tasks, for example, the detection and destruction of conventional aerodynamic targets, airplanes and helicopters, cruise missiles – anything that flies at speeds up to hypersonic. But besides this, the S-500 can shoot down ballistic targets, and not just during the downward portion of their flight, but at all other stages as well. And here the speeds are already cosmic – several km per second,” Khatylev said, speaking to the Moskovskiy Komsomolets newspaper.
With its ability to take out targets at a range of up to 600 km and an altitude of nearly 200 km, the S-500 can effectively defend against targets in near space. “The complex features a partition approach where one locator works on targets flying at maximum altitude, while the other is used for those flying near to the ground at altitudes up to 30 km,” he explains.
“With the advent of a complex like the S-500, we can talk about the anti-missile defence of whole territories. Later, when the production of these systems is increased and they are improved, we’ll be able to speak about creating on their basis the aerospace defences of the entire Russian Federation,” Khatylev says.