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The Russian ABM system designer Igor Ashurbeili has told reporters that the next generation ballistic missile defence systems, currently being developed in Russia, will be airborne.
According to him, one of the land-based systems, the S-500 Samoderzhets, which is currently under development, will be passed into service in 2015. The S-500 could become Russia’s contribution to the European ABM system, the designer says.
The principled agreement on cooperation in developing the system was reached during last year’s Russia-NATO summit in Lisbon, but the two sides have still failed to thrash out the differences.