Russia Says New S-500 'Prometheus' Air Defense Can Shoot Down ICBMs In Outer Space

Chris Menahan
Jun. 26, 2019

Does this spell the end of mutually assured destruction?

From Al-Masdar News:
The new Russian S-500 ‘Prometheus’ air defense system has the capability to hit targets in outer space, the First Deputy General Director of the VKO Almaz-Antey, Sergei Druzin, told RIA Novosti this week.

According to Druzin, the S-500 can be used to combat “ballistic missiles of all types.” He said the system is capable of “working outside the atmosphere where aerodynamic control is impossible.”
The S-500 Prometheus is equipped with active phased antenna arrays that do not require transmitting devices. It can scan and analyze signals from a great distance. In addition, one antenna can create multiple rays. Beam control is carried out without turning the antenna. Furthermore, its phased antenna requires much less energy, and this is very important for homing missiles.

According to reports, the S-500 is capable of intercepting at a distance of 600 kilometers.
The U.S. military said in March they successfully shot down an ICBM in the sky which they launched from the Republic of Marshall Islands.

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