“An air defense missile unit in the Eastern Military District is about to complete rearming to modern S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems,” Gordeyev said, noting that staff of this unit was having fire drills at a special fire range in Russia’s Volga River Volgograd Region and after that missilemen will go to a permanent base.
S-400 Triumf (NATO Designation SA-21 Growler) anti-aircraft systems can engage targets at a maximum range of up to 400 km at an altitude of 40,000-50,000 meters.
The systems, which are capable of launching up to 72 missiles and engaging up to 36 targets simultaneously, entered service in 2007 to replace the S-300 systems. S-400 Triumf is designed to shield from air strikes, strategic, cruise, tactical and operating tactical ballistic missiles and medium-range ballistic missiles.Russia currently has S-400 regiments deployed near Moscow, St. Petersburg, near the port city of Nakhodka in the far eastern Primorye Territory, in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad and in the Southern Military District.
Supplies of new, upgraded types of weaponry and hardware to the Russian Armed Forces are growing. By 2020 the Russian Armed Forces will have at least 70% of advanced weapons.