Thursday, 25 April 2013

Russia to Get New Short-Range Air Defense System in 2015

The Russian military will start receiving the new Morfey short-range air defense system in 2015, Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said on Wednesday.

Morfey, a mobile air defense system with an effective range of five kilometers (three miles), has been in development since 2007.

“I think the first few systems will be put in service sometime in 2015,” Ostapenko, who is a former commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, told reporters in Moscow.

Morfey will complement the Vityaz, S-400 and S-500 air defense systems in a future aerospace defense network able to engage targets at ranges from five to 400 kilometers, and at altitudes from five meters to near space.

The medium-range Vityaz air defense system, which is due to replace the outdated S-300PS system, is still under development, Ostapenko said.

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