Certification of the new air defense system S-350 Vityaz are about to be completed successfully and the first batch has begun to be manufactured, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Friday.
“The successful launches carried out on March 26 completed the government certification tests of the new air defense system S-350 Vityaz, expected to replace the S-300PS. Simultaneously the manufacturing of the first serial set has begun. It will be provided in 2019,” Krivoruchko said.
The new defense system S-350 Vityaz is a Russian medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed by GSKB Almaz-Antey. Its purpose is to replace the S-300PS and S-300PT-1A. The system design traces its roots from the joint South Korean/Russian KM-SAM project and uses the same 9M96 missile as the S-400 missile system.