The Russian Defense Ministry invited journalists to the guided missile cruiser Moskva and demonstrated the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missiles stationed at a Russian Khmeimim airbase.
Both the S-400 and the cruiser are protecting the Russian base, from which Russian warplanes conduct missions in Syria, from a possible aerial attack. They were deployed in response to the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets in Syria near the Turkish border.
The S-400 is the the newest Russian mobile anti-aircraft systems. Its radar can lock on targets flying at up to 17,000kph and has a range of up to 400km, depending on the interceptor missiles used.
From Latakia the S-400 battery can cover most parts of Syria, entire Lebanon, northern parts of Jordan and Israel and a part of southern Turkey.
The Moskva has the naval version of S-400’s predecessor, the S-300F anti-aircraft system. It has a relatively short range of 75km or 150km, depending on the missile used. In total there are 64 missiles. The cruiser also has short-range surface-to-air missile, two kinds of ship cannons, torpedo launchers, depth charge launchers. The Moskva’s main weapon – the P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship guided missiles.