Russian S-300 & S-400 Air Defense Systems Change Place of Combat Duty

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The S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, located in the Southern Military District, have been moved to new locations in other Russian regions

Russian S-300 & S-400 Air Defense Systems Change Place of Combat Duty

Photo: Sputnik / Dmitry Korobeinikow

The check on the combat readiness of the Russian Armed Forces has been continued with the moving of the crews of radar locators and the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, located in the Southern Military District, to new locations in other regions, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry.

“After the arrival at new positions, the crews of radar locators and the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems will begin deployment and conducting maintenance of the military hardware, as well as will intercede on a combat duty,” the source said.

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia has established large anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) exclusion zones and altered the security balance in the Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. ISW experts noticed that the country deployed the S-400 air defense system to Crimea in August 2016 and to Syria in November 2015, creating A2AD “bubbles” that prevent Russia’s opponents from establishing air supremacy in strategically significant theaters. According to the ISW, northern Poland, much of Ukraine and the Black Sea, the Baltic States, Syria and parts of Turkey fall under Russian A2AD bubbles.

Russian S-300 & S-400 Air Defense Systems Change Place of Combat Duty

Russian Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2AD) Range: August 2016 (Photo: ISW)

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