With Russia putting into service the first regiment of S-500 missiles, the Americans began to worry about the risk that their planes would not be able to strike Moscow.
On October 13, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the country had put into service the first regiment of long-range air defense missile S-500 “Prometheus”, and this unit will be tasked with defending the region. sky Moscow.
” The first S-500 anti-aircraft missile regiment has been put into service at a unit whose combat mission is to guard and protect the capital’s sky ,” the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The source did not specify who received these advanced weapons as well as the time of handover. According to the source, the second regiment of S-500 missiles will be delivered to the Russian army in the first half of 2022 and these weapons are under a “long-term contract”.
The fact that Russia put into equipment the first S-500 regiment more or less worried the US and its allies because this advanced air defense system can neutralize any attack by missiles or stealthy means. targeted at Moscow should a conflict break out between the two sides.
The use of the S-500 by the Russian military to protect key positions in and around Moscow was foreseen by US defense officials, but disabling this system will be a difficult task for the Russian military. with the Pentagon.
It should also be emphasized that, at present, the US military still has no way to overcome the “firewall” of the S-400 “Triumf” long-range air defense system, which is widely used by the Russian military. not to mention a weapon from the “future” like the S-500.
With the initial information about the S-500, it can easily detect the US 5th generation stealth fighters, and even the stealth bombers. As for the fact that the S-500 can intercept missile attacks, it is nothing to discuss.
American stealth aircraft can hardly “surpass” S-500
According to military expert Mark Episkopos, the fact that Russia put the S-500 into service is creating a great threat to stealth aircraft, this is a special weapon system like a “silver bullet” that helps Moscow to neutralize American attacks.
Based on information published by the Russian side, the S-500 is capable of detecting and intercepting not only stealth aircraft being used by the US and its allies, but also new generation Western aircraft models being developed. develop.
The model Episkopos means here is the B-21 Raider stealth bomber being developed by the US Air Force, the B-21 is expected to help Washington launch attacks deep into the territory. enemies, past the most advanced air defense systems.
Episkopos believes that with the current specifications of the B-21 so that it can overcome the “air defense network” protecting Moscow is an extremely difficult task, the US Air Force needs to seriously review the equipment. design of this bomber if a breakthrough is achieved in the modernization of the strategic bomber force.
“Northrop Grumman engineers will have to work harder to get the B-21 to overtake the S-500. If the Russian air defense system can detect the F-35 stealth fighter as they claim, the possibility of the B-21 showing up in front of the S-500’s radar screen is also very large,” Episkopos emphasized.
According to Episkopos’s proposal, Northrop Grumman should have a plan to minimize the effective scattering area (ESR) on the B-21 so that it has a chance to “fool” the S-500 when entering Russian airspace.
At the moment, all information about the S-500 and B-21 is still quite limited as both sides want to keep the combat capabilities of these two strategic weapons a secret, given the current basic specifications. At present, it is difficult to determine the combat capabilities of the S-500, while information about the B-21 is even less.
S-500 is Russia’s new generation surface-to-air missile system, researched and developed by the Almaz-Antey complex. The S-500 has a range of 400-600 km, specifically designed to perform the task of finding and destroying intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as hypersonic cruise missiles and enemy fighters.