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S-500 Serial Production Begins

S-500 Serial Production Begins 18 September, 2019

The mass production of the S-500 air defence missile, which is shown as the successor of Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems, will soon begin. Sergey Chemezov, head of the Rostec Corporation, said in an interview to the local newspaper. "I think that the serial production will start in a year," Chemezov declared. According to Chemezov, in the next five years, Russia will not export this weapon system because "we must in the first place provide our armed forces with this weapon and only after we do this its exports may become possible." Also, Chemezov pointed out that demand for the S-400 is currently high.

In late April, Russian Minister for Trade and Industry Denis Manturov said that the development of the S-500 system is close to completion. Previously, the Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu revealed that deliveries of this weapon to the troops would start in 2020.

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