Russia Building 'Star Wars' Defense
Moscow plans major improvement to launch in 2017
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
In this undated photo, a Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) – Russia might not be thrilled with US plans to build a NATO shield in Europe, but that's not stopping Moscow from beefing up its own missile-defense system, AFP reports. It plans to launch a long-range system in 2017 capable of knocking out targets in space. The S-500 system would be a big improvement over the current S-400 Triumph system, which has a range of 250 miles. That also would be a big step up in the missile-defense systems Russia is supplying to Syria.

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Aug 31, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
Wonder if they'll have any better luck with that than we did.
Aug 31, 2013 6:33 PM CDT
Russia had a state of the art system up to Reagan. Now they are the most interesting ruins you can visit. Old missile silos for their antimissle program. Radar complexes for their massive bistatic system. Deep holes in the ground picked through with operating manuals laying around. The best is in Chernobyl where I want to some day visit the Duga antenna, if its not totally gone by then. They are starting to cut it up for metals and I probably will not get to actually see the antenna but I want to see the massive complexes they used to track missile activity over Europe and the N. Pole. Their obsession with surveillance, radars, monitoring was to say staggering and consumed a huge chunk of their national resources. Most interesting though is visiting China where all their missile and space technology of the 80's and 90's is from Russia. We had expelled their own scientists who were spying in the USA so they went to Russia and bought their technology. Then when they could get interns and exchange students into the USA on a massive scale, our technology started rolling in like a flood and now they use mostly our technology for missile and space technology.
Aug 31, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
Sometime makes me wonder why I don't hear that Greenland has problems with someone or Canada or Australia or Germany. Why is it always us the Great USA.