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Russia's S-400, Pantsir systems hit ballistic cruise missiles during military drills

April 06, 12:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The complexes managed to repel two massive missile attacks

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MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. A group of air defense systems S-400 Triumf and artillery and missile systems Pantsir-S1 of the Central Military District have for the first time been used as an integral system to repel a massive missile attack of a hypothetical enemy at a tactical exercise at the Ashuluk test site, in the Astrakhan Region, the acting chief of the 14th Air Force and Air Defense Army’s air defense department, Colonel Gennady Shlag said on Friday.

"During the exercise the S-400 air defense systems were for the first time pooled into one system with the near-range system Pantsir-S1. Guided by one commander, they entered duty and managed to repel two massive missile attacks," he said.

S-400 crews destroyed targets imitating high-speed ballistic missiles, while Pantsir-S1 simultaneously destroyed low altitude small targets, such as cruise missiles and drones of a hypothetical enemy.

"This tandem creates a multi-tier system of protection under one commander," Shlag said.

The district’s press-service said the experiment was successful.

"All targets were identified on time, tracked and destroyed. Manufacturers’ delegates were present at the exercise," the press-service added.

S-400 and Pantsir-S1

S-400 Triumf is Russia’s air defense system of near and medium range meant for destroying air attack and reconnaissance means (including stealth aircraft) and other flying vehicles. S-400 is capable of dealing with up to 80 targets. The maximum effective range is 400 kilometers and altitude, 30 kilometers.

Pantsir-S1 is meant for close-range protection from all means of air attack amid in adverse radio-electronic situations and in any weather. Its gun and missile systems are capable of hitting any types of manned or unmanned targets.

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