The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) will deploy the new generation S-350 Vityaz short-to-mid range surface-to-air defense missile complex, to replace the S-300, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on December 30th.
General-Lieutenant Yuriy Grekhov, deputy commander of Air and Missile Defense Troops of VKS further said that 10 units of the Pantsir-S missile system and the S-400 Triumf missile defense system will also be deployed.
In 2018, the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and the Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile systems were deployed to air defense units deployed in Crimea, Khabarovsk, Leningrad and Kaliningrad regions, as well as in the Arctic region.
Furthermore, on December 26th, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian Defense Ministry carried out tests of the hypersonic system Avangard to successfully verify all of its technical parameters.
“On my instructions the industrial enterprises and the Defense Ministry have prepared for and carried out the final test of this system,” Putin said. “The test was completely successful: all technical parameters were verified.”
The hypersonic missile system will be commissioned in 2019 in the Armed Forces, the Russian President said, emphasizing that it is a new type of strategic weapon.
“Starting from next year, in 2019, a new intercontinental strategic system Avangard will enter service in the Russian army and the first regiment in the Strategic Missile Troops will be deployed,” he said.
This marks the third weapon system that is to be deployed in the short term out of the 6 that Vladimir Putin revealed on March 1st, 2018.
So far, the Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missile and the Peresvet laser have been delivered to the Russian armed forces.
Furthermore, on December 28th, the S-400 Triumf missile system successfully completed a training to repel a mock air missile attack in Siberia, the Central Military District.
According to the scenario, the adversary planned to launch an air strike on the ground objects and infrastructure of the Novosibirsk region. S-400 standby forces timely detected aircraft on the raid and engaged the enemy by electronic launch of the missiles.
The S-400 protects the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun systems.
In recent weeks, Russian military officials have boasted the level of modernization that the Russian Armed Forces have reached throughout the various end-of-year public councils and meetings that have taken place.
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