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S-500 Prometey (55R6M Triumfator-M)

Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System

Russia | 2020

"The S-500 Prometheus is the evolution of air defense for the new-generation battlefield by Russia."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/27/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The S-500 "Prometey" (55R6M "Triumfator-M") anti-aircraft missile system is the latest long-range air-defense standard available from Russian military industry. Designed by defense player Almaz-Antey, the mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system boasts an operational range between 300 and 400 miles, capable of engaging a wider variety of airborne threats at extreme ranges. It is a complementary design to the existing, in-service S-400 "Triumf" (SA-21 "Growler") wheeled, long-range weapon systems currently in circulation with Russian allies (namely China and Turkey) and the intended successor to the older S-300 (SA-10 "Grumble") systems of the late-Cold War period.

Work on the new model was noted in the latter half of the 2000s with a tentatively scheduled production phase to begin in 2014. Deliveries were intended for 2017. However, delays in the complex missile program ultimately pushed service entry into the following decade. Beyond the inherent capability to search, track, and engage aircraft/aerial targets at range, the S-500 system is also given a capability against ballistic missiles and is said to be able to counter hypersonic weapons as well.

The S-500 designation covers the complete weapons system that involves various components beyond the wheeled missile carrier and includes the critical radar units. The carrier vehicle is the 77P6 10x10 truck and mounts four of the large missiles over its rear section. Accompanying this are the 55K6MA and 85Zh6-2 Command Post (CP) sections as well as the 91N6A(M) Battle Management Radar (BMR) set atop a 8x8 vehicle chassis. Beyond this is the 96L6-TsP acquisition radar unit (atop a 10x10 military truck), the 76T6 multi-mode engagement radar unit (on 8x8 truck), and the 77T6 engagement radar (on 10x10 wheeled truck). Altogether, these components form the potent S-500 kit, providing critical air defense / air deterrence for key installations and areas.

Heading into the middle of 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin himself commented on the near-completion of the years-long S-500 missile program, hinting that service entry is set to begin in either 2021 or 2022. Beyond the mobile, land-based model, the S-500 is also expected to be developed as a navalized, ship-based air defense missile platform for the Russian Navy. This version is to follow.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus) Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System.
77P6 Launch Vehicle: 1 x Turbocharged diesel-fueled engine driving 10x10 wheeled arrangement (based in the BAZ-69096 truck model).
Installed Power
373 miles
600 km
The physical qualities of the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus) Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System.
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the S-500 Prometey (55R6M Triumfator-M) Mobile Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) System.
4 x Long-Ranged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
4 x Long-Ranged Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
Nightvision - YES - OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES - OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the S-500 Prometey (55R6M Triumfator-M) family line.
S-500 "Prometey" - Base Series Designation.
55R6M "Triumfator-M" - GRAU designation.
77P6 - 10x10 wheeled launch vehicle component.
55K6MA - 6x6 wheeled command post component.
85Zh6-2 - 6x6 wheeled command post component.
96L6-TsP - Acquisition radar component.
76T6 - 8x8 wheeled multimode engagement radar component.
77T6 - 10x10 wheeled ABM engagement radar component.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the S-500 Prometey (55R6M Triumfator-M). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 10 Units

Contractor(s): Almaz-Antey - Russia
National flag of Russia National flag of Turkey

[ Russia (expected); Turkey (possible) ]
Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
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Going Further...
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