Russia likely to export new S-500 missile systems to India, China

Moscow: Russia may supply its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India and China in the future, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), has said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the country’s military will soon receive a first batch-produced S-500 missiles system.

According to Shugaev, once enough of those systems is supplied to the national armed forces, Russia may export them to other countries.

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“We are considering India, as well as China and all the states with which we have old partner and predictable mutual relations, as future owners of this cutting-edge system,” Shugaev said in an interview with the RBC news outlet, adding that the FSMTC will consider each potential request individually.

The S-500 Prometey is a next-generation surface-to-air missile system with a range of around 600 kilometres (370 miles), designed for intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and aircraft.

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