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Meet The S-500: How Putin Could Attαck NATO Stealth Fighters Like The F-35?
The S-500 air defense system has made a lot of headlines over the last few years for things it might be able to do – like takeout 4th generation fighters like the F-15 and F-16
Then there is the threat to possible stealth fighters like the F-22 and F-35. But just what is fiction and what is fact when it comes to the S-500?
What can it actually do and how would it perform when taking on the best the U.S. military has to offer? – If you are following the wαr in Ukrαine, undoubtedly you have heard about a no-fly zone.
So far, NATO allies have avoided this tactic in order to refrain from becoming directly involved in the conflict.
So, the Ukrαiniαns have relied on the antiquated S-300 surface-to-air missile system to help patrol the skies.
What Are the Russiαns Working On?
The Russiαns began work on the S-500 mobile ground-based SAM system in 2010.
Russiαn air defense artillery forces wanted something with an ultra long range and high ceiling – even a SAM that could αttαck against low-flying satellites, not to mention every enemy airplane under the sun, including drones.
The S-500 would also defend against ballistic and cruise missiles. The Russiαns plan to have missiles for each one of these missions – anti-aircraft, anti-missile, and anti-satellite.
The Russiαns will likely configure future interceptors to address hypersonic missiles.
Should Stealth Pilots Be Worried?
Could the S-500, if it is ever deployed in numbers (and this could take another few years), ever endanger American-made stealth F-35s and F-22s?
It certainly has several different radar systems that could latch onto a stealth airplane that would include the B-2 and B-21 stealth bombers.
The Russiαns believe it could be the “silver bullet” against stealth technology and even independent analysts think it could successfully engage stealth airplanes.
For that to happen, the Russiαns would have to deploy the S-500 in numbers, and it is not clear how many of the batteries can actually be employed in the coming years.
But the S-500 is something that will concern U.S. Air Force and Navy aviators, even if the Russiαns (and some observers) are exaggerating its capabilities.