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S-400 missile defense systems reinforce military forces in eastern Russia

November 25, 2014, 15:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
For the first time military forces will receive S-400 air defense missile systems not with 16, but with 24 launchers
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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. One more unit in Russia’s Eastern Military District was armed with modern S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems, chief press officer of the military district Colonel Alexander Gordeyev said on Tuesday.

“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.

Infographics Strengthening Russia’s defense capability in 2014 Strengthening Russia’s defense capability in 2014
Modernization and reorganization of the Russia’s Armed Forces in 2014. Infographics by TASS
Air defense system-producing Almaz-Antey concern said last week that the eighth S-400 regiment consignment had been handed over to the Defense Ministry ahead of time and the company was preparing to make a ninth missile supply before the end of this year. For the first time military forces will receive S-400 air defense missile systems not with 16, but 24 launchers in December, a source in Russian Defense Ministry told TASS.

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.

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