TASS Claims Russia’s T-500 Anti-Missile System Can Shoot Down Hypersonic Missiles

Russia is making their usual big claims that there newest S-500 Anti-missile system can shoot down hypersonic weapons. They also claim it will be 5-7 years before China and the USA will have offensive hypersonic weapons.

Israeli aircraft were able to defeat Russian Pantsir-S1 anti-missile systems in Syria. Israel has had hundreds of successful air strikes in Syria and lost one plane and this is despite Russia installing some S-300 systems.

Russia claims to have a few operational and deployed offensive hypersonic missiles.

The S-500 is an upgrade of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. It is designed for intercepting and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and aircraft, for air defense against Airborne Early Warning and Control and for jamming aircraft. It has a planned range of 600 km (370 mi) for anti-ballistic missile (ABM) and 400 km (250 mi) for the air defense.

It has been claimed it will detect and simultaneously engage up to 10 ballistic hypersonic targets flying at a speed of 5 kilometres per second (3.1 mi/s; 18,000 km/h; 11,000 mph) to a limit of 7 km/s (4.3 mi/s; 25,000 km/h; 16,000 mph). It also aims at destroying hypersonic cruise missiles and other aerial targets at speeds of higher than Mach 5, as well as spacecraft. The altitude of a target engaged can be as high as 180–200 km (110–120 mi). It is effective against ballistic missiles with a launch range of 3,500 km (2,200 mi), the radar reaches a radius of 3,000 km (1,300 km for the EPR 0,1 square meter). Other targets it has been announced to defend against include: unmanned aerial vehicles, low Earth orbit- satellites, and space weapons launched from hypersonic aircraft, drones, and hypersonic orbital platforms.

The system will be highly mobile and will have rapid deployability. Experts believe that the system’s capabilities can affect enemy intercontinental ballistic missiles at the middle and end portions of flight, but reports by Almaz-Antey say that the external target-designation system (RLS Voronezh-DM and missile defense system A-135 radar Don-2N) will be capable of mid-early flight portion interceptions of enemy ballistic missiles, which is one of the final stages of the S-500 project.

Russia plans to buy ten S-500 battalions for the defense of Moscow.

The main components of the S-500 will be:

* launch vehicle 77P6, based on the BAZ-69096 10×10 truck
* command posts 55K6MA and 85Zh6-2 on BAZ-69092-12 6×6
acquisition and battle management radar 91N6A(M), a modification of the 91N6 (Big Bird) towed by the BAZ-6403.01 8×8 tractor
* 96L6-TsP acquisition radar, an upgraded version of the 96L6 (Cheese Board) on BAZ-69096 10×10
* multimode engagement radar 76T6 on BAZ-6909-022 8×8
* ABM engagement radar 77T6 on BAZ-69096 10×10

The system is planned to have a response time of less than 4 seconds (Compared to the S-400’s less than 10)