Russia’s most advanced to date anti-aircraft defense system S-400 Triumph has been delivered to a surface-to-air missile (SAM) regiment in Crimea. The military will first deploy their newly received hardware in a training exercise ongoing in the region.
Plans of the S-400 deployment to Crimea were announced by the Russian Defense Ministry in July. After the air defense complex was successfully used in field firing at a training target missile in the Astrakhan region in southern Russia, it was delivered to the peninsula, military officials announced on Friday. After the regiment in Crimea completes its training with the S-400, it will take part in Kavkaz-2016 military drills, currently happening at military bases in Russia’s southern military command region and in the waters of the Black Sea.
Including a set of radars, missile launchers and command posts, the system is an upgrade of the S-300 missile system, which are also deployed in Crimea, to ensure protection from possible airstrikes or cruise missile attacks.
Source: Gearing up, Russian military in Crimea receive advanced S-400 missile defense system