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Russia's new S-400 air defense systems to be supplied to 12 regiments by 2020

September 29, 2014, 20:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
At present, three regiments have S-400 systems and the rest are armed with S-300 systems
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S-400 Triumph

S-400 Triumph

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MOSCOW, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. New S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be supplied to 12 missile regiments of Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces by 2020, their spokesperson, Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said on Monday.

Until the end of this year, four S-400 regiments will be protecting Moscow and the Central Industrial District of Russia, he said.

At present, three regiments have S-400 systems and the rest are armed with S-300 systems.

Future plans call for upgrading Moscow’s missile defense to bring air defense and missile defense systems under a single command to repel all possible attacks.

The united command will cover 25 regions and three republics. Radar stations used by air defense units can detect targets as far as 600 kilometers and an altitude of up to 40 kilometers.

Another regiment in the Moscow region will adopt Russia’s newest S-400 air defence systems this autumn.

“The fourth air defense regiment will receive a new set of S-400 systems at the Kapustin Yar training range in September or October, conduct initial live fire training and, after redeployment to the Moscow region, go on combat duty,” Aerospace Defense Forces Commander, Major General Andrei Demin said earlier this month.

First regiments armed with S-400

Three regiments in the Moscow region have already been armed with the S-400 systems. The first S-400 battalion went on combat duty in Elektrostal, Moscow region, in the summer of 2007 and was joined by another one in 2009.

The second regiment armed with S-400 systems went on combat duty in 2011, followed by the third one in 2014.

S-400 Triumf air defence systems were put on combat duty in Russia's Southern Military District in late 2012 to replace S-300PM missiles.

Supplies of new air defense systems to the 4th Air Force and Air Defence Command in the District began in 2009. Since then, more than 60 pieces of new military hardware have been delivered and put into service.

The Triumf system is twice as effective as the previous systems. It can attack 10 targets with up to 20 missiles. The S-400 uses 3 different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the S-400 was intended for the Russian Armed Forces only and would not be exported to other countries.

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