The Russian military is deploying a new air defense system that it says will be ready for combat in the near future.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it would deploy a new “Advanced Air Defense System” to replace the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-34 long-range bomber.
“A new system of the Advanced Air Defense system is being deployed in the air defense department,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
“We expect it to be ready in the next days or weeks.”
Russian officials said the aircraft is capable of protecting up to 25,000 people, including up to 2,000 air raid shelters, or up to 1,500 square kilometers.
The air defense battery is being built by the U.S. Air Force, according to a U.K. defense official.
The United States is building a similar system for the Pentagon.
In October, President Donald Trump ordered a $1.5 billion modernization of Russia’s air defense systems.