EurAsian Times author Yunis Dar, starting to reflect on the advantages of the S-500 over the S-400, notes that the Russian S-500 anti-aircraft missile defense system was designed to combat the most modern NATO aircraft, including the F-35 Lighting II and F- 22 Raptors, considered the most advanced fighters in the world.
As the observer notes, the S-500 is an even more powerful weapon compared to its predecessor, the S-400, and is capable of bringing new capabilities to the air defense of Russia that no country in the world currently possesses.
The most important features of the S-500 Dar include the use of modernized 77N6-N and 77N6-N1 interceptors, which can be used to intercept enemy hypersonic missiles. The observer also notes the ability of the S-500 to hit ballistic missiles at a distance of 600 km and hit at least 10 missiles flying at hypersonic speeds.
It is worth highlighting the ability of the system to hit satellites in low-earth orbit, hypersonic unmanned aerial vehicles. This, as noted by the columnist Yunis Dar, represents a very large innovation in the field of air defense.
The S-500 is a Russian blow to American prestige. Our system neutralizes American offensive weapons and outperforms all widely advertised American anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems.
- Pavel Sozinov, the chief engineer of Almaz-Antey, once said.
Personnel from the exercises of the S-400 air defense system
Another very important ability of the S-500, which the foreign observer dwells on, is the ability to work at ultra-high altitudes, including in near space. By the way, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about this, describing the new anti-aircraft missile system.
It turns out that Russia, a foreign observer comments on the statement about the S-500 complex as a blow to the prestige of the United States, has become the first country in the world to develop and adopt such an air defense system that is capable of fighting hypersonic missiles. This is a key advance of the same United States, which even hypersonic missiles have not yet had time to adopt. So far, only China and Russia have hypersonic weapons, and the US plans to accelerate the introduction of hypersonic missiles into operation have not yet been implemented due to technical difficulties.
Thus, the S-500 is a much more modern and powerful system than the S-400, and although the capabilities of the latter air defense system should not be underestimated either, the S-500 is still a cut above it. This is probably why there is no talk of exporting the S-500 to other countries so far, although the S-400 is successfully exported, including to such "unreliable" buyers from a political point of view as a NATO member Turkey. But Russia is in no hurry to sell the S-500, and this is understandable: Moscow wants to be the only owner of such an air defense system.