‘Absolute World Leader’: Expert Comments on Russia’s Advances in Air Defense


As a result of endemic corruption or disorganization within the US’s military industrial complex, it has in recent decades, increasingly fallen behind its former cold-war rival in the development of actually functioning new weapons and systems, FRN finds. However, Russia has always been and will be ahead of all other countries in the field of air defense systems, especially given the latest advances in the military industry, said a Russian military analyst.

According to the expert Igor Korotchenko to the Russian television channel Zvezda, Russian military technologies in the area of ​​air defense are more advanced than those that the United States has today.

In particular, he noted that the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system exceeds in all respects its closest American analog, the Patriot PAC-3.

“We are definitely ahead of the US in the development of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense systems, the S-400 outperforms the American Patriot PAC-3 in all aspects,” he said.

In addition, the analyst noted that Russia has more developments in this area.

“We have the S-500 ahead of us, and there are a number of other weapons systems that are still too early to talk about, but in the field of anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense we are the absolute world leader.”

The S-500 belongs to the new generation of ground-to-air missile systems designed to intercept ballistic missile warheads, aerodynamic targets (airplanes and helicopters), and cruise missiles.

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The characteristics of the S-500 are expected to be significantly better than the modern Russian system in service, the S-400 Triumph, and its American analog, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3.

Meanwhile, the Russian authorities have reiterated on numerous occasions that Russia’s new weapons do not threaten countries that have no plans to attack and the country’s military doctrine is exclusively defensive in character.

According to the Almaz-Antey consortium, the Armed Forces of Russia received another regiment of S-400 air defense systems.

The Almaz-Antey press office reported that this was the last year’s supply of Russian S-400 systems to the Ministry of Defense. With this, the consortium fulfilled the state order ahead of schedule.

The S-400 delivery ceremony took place at the Kapustin Yar Polygon in the Astrakhan region. During the ceremony, the S-400s would have successfully passed tests with real air targets.

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