Russia to build national aerospace defense system

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Russia will build its national aerospace defense system by the end of 2011, a senior official with the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Lt. Gen. Valery Ivanov, chief of Russian Aerospace Defense Strategic Command, said the new system would integrate air defense, missile warning, and space control.

"The president's order to form the national aerospace defense system by the end of 2011 will be fulfilled," he said, adding the new system will be put into operation by December.

"Its main tasks are to detect assaults, warn the national administration, trace and destroy targets and protect the sites," he said.

Meanwhile, the official revealed Russia will start serial production of its next-generation S-500 missile system in 2014.

The S-500 air defense system will be able to track and destroy ballistic missiles with ranges of up to 3,500 kilometers, Ivanov said.

"The S-500 is currently under construction. By 2014, it should enter into serial production," he said.

"This system will be able to defend territories at heights of up to 50 kilometers," he added.

Currently, Russian aerospace defense troops have deployed S-300 and S-400 systems and have received its second unit of S-400 Triumph missile systems on Wednesday.

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