The promising Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-500 Prometheus is capable of fighting all types of ballistic targets, Deputy Director General for Science and Technology Development – First Deputy General Designer of the Almaz-Antey Concern told Sergey Druzin.
“The C-500 has a broader type of targets. The system can also be used to combat ballistic targets of all types. This required both an increase in the energy potential of the location means and the creation of new missiles that can work outside the atmosphere, where aerodynamic control is impossible, ”the specialist said.
Druzin noted that the basis of the C-500 Prometheus locating means is made up of locators built on the basis of active phased arrays in which there is no transmitting device — the signal is generated by the antenna itself.
“In its composition there are relatively small amplifiers of power, which are phased in a special way. Instead of electrovacuum devices with voltages of 30-40 kilovolts, devices with a voltage of not more than 27 volts are used. This constructively greatly simplifies the task. This has a positive effect on reliability as well as on operational safety, ”the designer specified.
In May, it was reported that the C-500 Prometheus air defense missile system requires protection with short- and medium-range complexes, in particular, Bukami, Torah and Pantsir-S.
In April, Lieutenant-General Yuri Grekhov, deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, announced that the development of the Prometheus S-500 and a number of promising radar stations was nearing completion.
According to available data, the C-500 Prometheus is distinguished by a radius of destruction of 600 kilometers, is able to detect and simultaneously hit 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.
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