Russia’s S-500 systems to enter service in near future
The advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile systems and S-350 medium-range surface-to-air missile systems will enter service with the Russian armed forces soon, the commandant of the Zhukov Air-Space Academy, Lieutenant General Vladimir Lyaporov said in an interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda daily.
In 2019, the first group of officers will complete a training course to use S-500, a long-range system that will form the backbone of Russia’s integrated air defense and missile defense system.
"I would like to note that in 2019, the first group of officers will complete the academy’s course to use the S-500 systems. The systems are yet to enter service, but we expect them to do so in the near future," TASS cited him as saying.
"In the end of the year, the center is expected to receive first S-350 Vityaz systems," Lyaporov added.