Risk Report

S-500 Prometheus: Russian Missile Technology and NATO Impact

David Hutchins | Oct 31, 2018


This Risk Report covers the forthcoming S-500 Prometheus (Russian: C-500 Прометей) missile system produced by Russia. An overview of its composition and projected capabilities are first covered. This is followed by a breakdown of the declared missile versatility of the S-500 missile system and its comparison to the preceding S-400 missile system. Strategic placements of the S-500 is then provided with particular emphasis placed on the potential for Russia to expand its area of influence. An examination of defense spending is subsequently provided along with current counters to the S-500 missile system that are produced by the United States of America (USA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The closing thoughts conclude the significance of Russia producing such a missile system while touching upon current geopolitical implications, potential markets for selling the missile system, and projections for international tensions surrounding the hardware.

About the Author

David Hutchins

David Hutchins earned his MSc in Defence, Development, and Diplomacy from the Durham Global Security Institute at Durham University in the UK. He maintains 6 years of military experience having served in the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve.

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