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Russia to launch R&D on new ground forces’ air defense system

The Russian Army is also expecting a promising short-range anti-aircraft missile system by 2030-2035

IZHEVSK, March 24. /TASS/. Russia will carry out R&D work codenamed Arbalet in 2021-2025 to develop a new surface-to-air short-range missile system, Air Defense Force Commander Lieutenant-General Alexander Leonov said on Friday.

"One of R&D efforts codenamed Arbalet will be focused on developing a promising robotized short-range air defense system with the expanded capabilities of detecting and hitting advanced air attack weapons, including drones and precision weaponry attacking elements," the commander said.

"This work is planned to be carried out in 2021-2025," Leonov said.

As Russian Army Commander-in-Chief Oleg Salyukov said, a promising short-range anti-aircraft missile system is expected to start arriving for the Army by 2030-2035.