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Russia Boosts Crimean Anti-Missile Shield with S-400 Systems

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A new battery of the S-400 Triumph systems has been deployed in Crimea after five months of training.

Russia Boosts Crimean Anti-Missile Shield with S-400 Systems

The S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system (Photo: kafanews.com)

An air defense regiment of the Southern Military District of Russia, armed with the S-400 Triumph system, has taken up combat duty in Feodosia (Crimea).

As the Zvezda TV-channel reported, citing the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry, personnel of the regiment successfully passed retraining, and, in August 2016, carried out training launches of missiles within the framework of the Kavkaz-2016 military exercise.

“This truly large-scale system is going on combat duty and overlaps with the existent anti-aircraft defense system of our nation in a radius of hundreds of kilometers,” commander of the fourth army of Air Forces and Air Defense, Lieutenant General Viktor Sevastyanov, said.

According to the press service of the military district, the ceremony, marking the deployment, is scheduled to be held on Saturday.

The 18th Guard Anti-Aircraft Rocket Sevastopol-Feodosia Regiment is one of the oldest units of the country’s air defense, which was established in 1922 as an air defense battery in the Black Sea Fleet.

The S-400 is a Russia’s anti-aircraft missile system, designed for large and medium-range missiles. It is capable to conduct simultaneous firing of up to 36 targets, aiming up to 72 missiles. The Triumph can hit speeding missiles at ranges of up to 60 kilometers and aircraft at a range of up to 400 kilometers. The system is meant to protect strategically important sites, such as military command centers, populous cities and ICBM missile silos, from aerial attacks.

The system was developed by the Almaz-Antey defense company and passed into service in the Russian Armed Forces in 2007.

Earlier this week, an S-400 armed regiment, stationed near Moscow, reached full combat readiness.

The S-400 Triumph system has also been deployed in Syria in order to defend a Russian military base, located near Latakia city.

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