Russia to place improved antiaircraft missiles on combat duty
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 20:27
Moscow: Russia will Sunday place a second regiment, operating the newest indigenous antiaircraft missile system S-400 Triumph, on permanent combat alert in the Moscow region.

"Official functions dedicated to the transition of the officers and men of Air Defense Regiment No. 210, which has the S-400 Triumph missiles on its tables of equipment, to the mode of permanent combat alert will be held near a monument to the defenders of Moscow at the Peremilovsky Heights in Moscow region's Dmitrov district," Vladimir Drik, an official spokesman for the Russian Air Force said.

A total of 64 officers and more than 30 men have taken a special training to be able to maintain the new equipment. The first regiment equipped with the S-400 system went on permanent combat alert in the town of Elektrostal to the east of Moscow in 2007.

The Defense Ministry plans to re-equip all the air defense regiments for operating the S-400 missile complexes by 2020. The system was designed to incapacitate the electronic countermeasures aircraft, radar surveillance and guidance planes, other types of aircraft, tactical and medium-range ballistic missiles, hypersonic objects, and other prospective air assault vehicles.

The S-400 Triumph system is also meant for destroying the aircraft based on Stealth technologies, small-size cruise missiles and combat blocks flying at a speed of up to 4.8 kilometres per second at distances of up to 400 kilometers.

One S-400 Triumph is capable of replacing three air defense complexes of the S-300 family.

It exceeds the S-300 by a factor of two in terms of target damage and velocity and by a factor of five in terms of resistance to electronic countermeasures.


First Published: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 20:27

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