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S-350E Vityaz

Russia’s Almaz-Antey corporation says the country will soon unveil its latest mid-range missile defense system named the S-350E Vityaz.

The company said in a statement on Friday that, Vityaz, which is expected to replace the outdated S-300 missile system, is superior to similar foreign models and will be displayed at the upcoming MAKS-2013 air show near the capital Moscow.

MAKS 2013 will run from August 27 through September 1.

According to the company, the new Russian system has been in the works since 2007 and is equipped with advanced all-aspect phased array radar, a new mobile command post and a launcher carrying 12 vertical-launch missiles.

Almaz-Antey plans to deliver the missile system to the Russian Defense Ministry for testing before the end of 2013 and start deliveries to the Russian military next year.

The Vityaz air defense system will engage targets at ranges from five 5-400 kilometers, with a firing altitude of five meters to near space.

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