A regiment, armed with the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft weapon system, has taken up duty in Podolsk city near Moscow.
A regiment, equipped with the new S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft weapon system, has taken up duty in Podolsk city, located near Moscow, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on its official website. The regiment will be on duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia. Some western media claim that the deployment of the advanced anti-aircraft weapon system around Moscow is a response of Russia to the arrival of 3,000 US troops in Poland.
“The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia. The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks,” the UK Daily Mail newspaper quoted a statement of the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to the Independent newspaper, Russian officials gave no indication of which ‘enemy’ they expected to launch airstrikes on vital infrastructure around Moscow.
As the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Russian military, in December 2016, the new system arrived to the permanent base near Moscow from the Kapustin Yar landfill, located in Astrakhan region, where, according to representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry, the S-400 Triumph was gotten from a producer factory and successfully carried out its initial field firing.
In total, in 2016, four SAM regiments were rearmed with the new anti-aircraft missile system, the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry reads. Four more S-400 will enter service in the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2017.
It is not the first S-400 system, which went on combat duty in Moscow’s adjacent areas. So, in January 2016, an air defense regiment in Elektrostal received this anti-aircraft weapon system, the TASS news agency reported. The news agency noted that the regiment was the fourth one, which received the new weapons.