Russia might promote superior S-500 anti-aircraft missile launcher to China & India regardless of potential US ire

A high-tech new Russian air protection system that has sparked fears for NATO warplanes might quickly be shipped to China and India underneath the phrases of recent export offers being thought-about by military-industrial bosses in Moscow.

Speaking to enterprise every day RBK on Tuesday, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, stated that deploying the superior S-500 launcher to the nation’s personal protection forces could be the primary precedence. However, “when the system has been delivered to the Russian Army in the required volume, it will also be possible to supply it for export,” he stated.

“We consider India, as well as China, and all the states with which we have long-standing and predictable partnerships, as potential future owners of the system,” Shugaev went on. The day earlier than, Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced that the primary of the S-500 anti-aircraft launchers could be handed over to fight troops within the subsequent few years, underneath plans to modernize the nation’s army tools.

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Moscow has touted the S-500 as probably the most superior weapon of its sort, able to taking out high-speed warplanes and even, doubtlessly, hypersonic weapons in near-Earth orbit. Putin has beforehand described the launcher as “unique.”

However, exports of Russian rocket expertise have precipitated concern within the US, with Washington slapping powerful sanctions on nations that positioned orders for the system’s predecessor, the S-400. Even Turkey, a NATO member, has confronted restrictions and been shut out of American procurement applications in response to its choice to discover buying the launcher.

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General Tod Wolters, of the US European Command, and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, has stated the system would “attempt to exploit the F-35’s capabilities,” no matter which facet of the battlefield it was on. “You cannot operate an F-35 in the vicinity of an S-400,” he stated, regardless of stories that the Israeli Air Force has flown the jets near the missile launchers in Syria with no points.

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