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Thursday, April 09, 2015

As Russia Improves Its Surface-to-Air Missiles, US Looks To Counter

Almaz-Antey S-500 Triumfator MIn a dimly lit conference room at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Russian defense executives showed images of U.S. aircraft and the high-tech missiles they said could shoot them down.

A balding, middle-aged man in a dark suit showed briefing slides that described sophisticated surface-to-air missile batteries with impressive specifications. One slide listed potential targets, including the ultra-stealthy U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor.

Speaking in English with a thick Russian accent, the presenter ticked off other things the system could destroy: ballistic missiles, early warning aircraft, tactical fighters, and bombers.

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