CRIMEA SHOWDOWN: Russia to InstallS-400 Anti-Aircraft Missile Division


MOSCOW, Russia – A further division of the S-400 Triumph air defense system will enter operational service in the Crimea before the end of the year, Vadim Astafiev, the official representative of Russia’s Southern Military District, told Sputnik.

The military began to prepare the equipment to be moved to the loading station, from where it will be transported by train to the permanent place of deployment. Where exactly – not specified.

“In the near future, the new anti-aircraft missile system … will replace the previous one,” said Astafiev, noting that this is happening in the context of rearmament.

Recently, at the Astrakhan region, Triumph training has been successful following receipt of the new equipment model and team preparation: the S-400 Triumph missile systems units have been tracking targets and destroying them.

In addition, staff made a multi-kilometer journey along the polygon, where the S-400 was tested for vibration resistance on different road types and at different speeds. For the equipment, there were no excuses because of the local climatic conditions.

The S-400 Triumph system is a defense system capable of eliminating stealth aerial targets, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground targets.

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In addition, the S-400 has a range of up to 400km, and is capable of reaching targets at an altitude of up to 30km. An S-400 missile launcher regiment consists of 16 multiple launchers with four missiles each.

The tactical and technical characteristics of the anti-aircraft missile system are much better than the famous predecessor S-300PM. Even so, the S-300, according to experts, is far superior in efficiency to foreign analogues.

According to the authors of The Business Insider newspaper, the popularity of the S-400 is primarily explained by its significant technical superiority compared to similar American systems.

Speaking about the popularity of Russian defense systems, the newspaper reports that in recent years Russia has signed contracts to supply such complexes to several countries. In particular, deliveries of the S-400s for the coming years to Saudi Arabia and Turkey are scheduled.

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