Russia has deployed a new air defense system in Crimea

Following successful attacks by Ukrainian forces on Russian air defense systems in Crimea, Russian forces have strengthened their position by deploying elements of the advanced S-500 surface-to-air missile system on the occupied peninsula.

This was revealed by Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Directorate for Intelligence of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

Budanov explained that the use of these systems will be experimental, as they have not been used by the Russians before.

He also noted that Russian military logistics continue to rely heavily on the Kerch Bridge.

"The Kerch bridge has always been used by Russian forces and will continue to be used as long as it exists. While ferries are used for most cargo, personnel primarily use the bridge. "Cargo transport is used less often, but for the staff it remains the main route," said Budanov.

The S-500, known as the Prometheus or Triumph-M, is designed to destroy medium-range ballistic missiles, aircraft, drones and hypersonic missiles.

This next-generation air defense system is expected to replace the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system around Moscow and complement the long-range S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile system.

System specifications indicate that the S-500 can detect and engage up to 10 hypersonic ballistic targets simultaneously.

Russia aims to create a system comparable to the US "THAAD", but with a significant delay of approximately 30 years.

Russia originally planned to begin deploying the S-500 in the early 2000s, but development delays pushed back the timeline.

The system was first reported to have been delivered to Russian forces in September 2021 following the completion of official trials.

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