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Russia placed its anti-aircraft missile on combat duty

S-400 Triumph system.

MOSCOW (BNS): Russia has placed the second regiment on a permanent combat alert for operating its newest Russian anti-aircraft missile system S-400 Triumph, a media report said.

“Official functions dedicated to the transition of the officers and men of Air Defence 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,” Itar Tass quoted Vladimir Drik, an official spokesman for the Russian Air Force as saying on Sunday.

In 2007, the first regiment equipped with the S-400 system was placed on permanent combat alert in the town of Elektrostal, Moscow.

The Russian Defence Ministry also have plans to re-equip all the air defence regiments for operating the S-400 missile complexes by 2020.

According to the report, 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.

More than 64 officers and 30 men have taken a special course of training for the maintenance and troubleshooting of the new equipment.

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


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