The Russian air defense system from the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system has successfully passed a set of tests in Syria. Izvestia was told about this by sources in the Ministry of Defense and in the military-industrial complex.
During testing, a number of malfunctions in the operation of the equipment were identified, but the problems were quickly resolved. Now the tests are already completed and recognized as successful.
Former Deputy Air Force Commander of the Russian Federation for the CIS Integrated Air Defense System, Lieutenant General Aitech Bizhev, explained to the publication that all equipment was tested in harsh climatic and technical conditions before being launched into the series. Syria in this aspect is an ideal training ground – it is always hot and dusty there, and because of the armed conflict in the republic, there is a need for round-the-clock radar work.
At the end of June, the head of the state corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, announced that production of the S-500 was already beginning in Russia. According to him, the latest systems will go into service after testing, that is, "in the near future."
According to reports, the S-500 “Prometheus” has a radius of destruction of 600 kilometers, is capable of detecting and simultaneously striking up to ten ballistic targets moving at a speed of up to seven kilometers per second, and will be able to intercept warheads at hypersonic speeds.