Ballistic missile defense system of Russia will be upgraded before the end of 2017 TASS 12701171

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Ballistic missile defense system of Russia will be upgraded before the end of 2017.
Russia’s ballistic missile defense system will be upgraded before the end of 2017, Chief of Staff of a Ballistic Missile Defense Large Unit Colonel Alexei Chumakov said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. A fifth-generation surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that will be a successor to the Buk family may be developed in Russia within 7-10 years, CEO of the Tikhomirov Instrument-Making Research Institute (NIIP) Yuri Bely told TASS.
     
Russia’s ballistic missile defense system will be upgraded before the end of 2017, Chief of Staff of a Ballistic Missile Defense Large Unit Colonel Alexei Chumakov said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. A fifth-generation surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that will be a successor to the Buk family may be developed in Russia within 7-10 years, CEO of the Tikhomirov Instrument-Making Research Institute (NIIP) Yuri Bely told TASS. Russian Topol-M ICBM Intercontinental ballistic missile and S-400 air defense missile system at military parade in Moscow, Russia.
     
"Work is currently in full swing to develop a national unified air and ballistic missile defense system of the 21st century, which will include S-500 air defense missile complexes and promising mobile radars," Chumakov said.

"The entire ballistic missile defense system will be upgraded before the end of 2017. An important thing is that the system’s elements will not be removed from service during the upgrade, which will allow avoiding interruptions in ballistic missile coverage," he added.

The Tikhomirov Instrument-Making Research Institute is a subsidiary of Russia’s Almaz-Antey Corporation. According to the CEO, a decision has been made to continue the work on the Buk SAM system family without waiting for the official technical specifications from the Defense Ministry.

"The experience of developing comprehensive hi-tech systems shows that it may take us 7-10 years to develop a fifth-generation medium-range air defense missile system if conditions are favorable," Bely said.

"The advanced system is planned to feature increased jamming resistance and survivability, automated and robotized weapons and extended target acquisition and engagement ranges. The system is expected to be more integrated with the single multi-tier air defense system; in other words, it will be supported by a net-centric control system to a greater extent," the CEO said.
     
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