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Russia Is Likely to Sell S-500 Air Defense System to India — Ambassador

If New Delhi expresses interest in buying Russia’s newest air defence systems, the S-500, the Russian ambassador in New Delhi, Denis Alipov, told Russian media on Friday that Russia is ready to investigate the prospect of selling them to India.

“I can confirm that if India expresses interest in purchasing S-500 systems, we will look into it as soon as possible,” Alipov added.

“However, as far as I’m aware, no concrete conversations are currently on the table,” he continued.

Last December, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov suggested that if India expressed interest, it may become the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S-500 Prometheus missile defence system.

The S-500 had already conducted live fire tests at the Kapustin Yar proving range, according to the Russian Defense Ministry in July 2021. All of the predicted parameters were found to be correct. The Almaz-Antey group’s S-500 system was designed to intercept any of a hypothetical enemy’s existing or yet-to-be created aerospace attack weapons throughout the whole range of altitudes and speeds. The S-500 is regarded as the S-400 Triumf’s successor.

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