SOCHI, November 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Three S-400 missile systems will begin service in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at a government meeting dedicated to problems of the development of the country’s missile defense system.
“The process of arming Russian missile forces with state-of-the-art S-400 systems is proceeding in a scheduled pace,” he said. “Two such systems entered service this year. Another three S-400 missile systems will be supplied to the army in 2014.”
Putin stressed that the strategic parity and the balance of forces depended largely on the state of the missile and space defense system. “We have some progress in this area,” he noted, citing as an example the Voronezh-class radar stations operating in Armavir, Kaliningrad and Lekhtusi. He reminded that the Voronezh-class system had registered missile launches in the Mediterranean Sea in September, a fact, in his words, that proved its efficiency and reliability. “In line with our plans, seven more such stations will be commissioned in the next five years,” the president added.
The Russian president stressed that major attention should be focused on promising developments. “We must speak not only about contemporary technologies, but also about technologies of the future,” he said. “By the way, this subject was raised at a meeting at the Obukhovsky Plant this summer. I would like to remind that back then we spoke about the Vityaz-PVO medium-range missile system and about the development of the new S-500 missile system.