With a maximum range of 600 km, the latest missile weapon system carried out live-fire exercises to hit a high-speed ballistic target at Kapustin Yar training ground, Russian defence ministry says.

This July 20, 2021 handout photograph shows the latest S-500 air defence missile weapon system at The Kapustin Yar Training Ground in Russia.
This July 20, 2021 handout photograph shows the latest S-500 air defence missile weapon system at The Kapustin Yar Training Ground in Russia. (AFP)

Russia said it had successfully test-fired its new S-500 air defence missile systems at a southern training range and hit a high-speed ballistic target.

Russia says the S-500, which is expected to have a maximum firing range of 600 kilometres, is the most advanced anti-missile system in the world and is capable of countering attacks from space.

Its development however is years behind schedule. 

The military had previously said the army would begin receiving the first S-500 systems in 2020.

In April, the maker of the systems, Almaz-Anty, said that work on the S-500 was nearing completion.

"At the Kapustin Yar training ground the latest S-500 air defence missile weapon system carried out live fire exercises to hit a high-speed ballistic target," the defence ministry said in a statement.

"The target was hit," the statement added.

Zircon hypersonic cruise missile

Video footage of the test was released by the defence ministry for the first time.

After tests are completed the first S-500 system – also known as Prometheus and the Triumfator-M – will be sent to an air defence unit outside Moscow, the defence ministry said.

On Monday, Russia said it had carried out another successful test of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, part of a new arsenal of weapons described as "invincible" by President Vladimir Putin.

He was scheduled to attend an airshow later on Tuesday, at which a new Russian-developed fighter jet was due to be unveiled.

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Source: AFP