A division set of Russia’s S-400 Triumph air defense system has undergone tests and will soon be put on combat duty in Crimea, the Southern Military District’s press service said on Wednesday.
The personnel of the air defense missile unit of the 4th army of the Air Force and the Southern Military District deployed to Crimea has started preparing the equipment to be transported by rail to a permanent base.
“In the near future, the new system will enter combat duty to defend Russia’s airspace, replacing the previous air defense system,” the spokesman explained.
Earlier, the division set successfully conducted the first shooting exercises at a firing range in southern Russia’s Astrakhan Region.
The S-400 combat units fired on simulated low altitude, rapid and ballistic targets.
The missile system was earlier tested for resistance to vibration on various roads at different speed.
Russia’s S-400 Triumph (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the latest long-range anti-aircraft missile system that went into service in 2007.
It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, and can also be used against ground installations.
The S-400 can engage and hit targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km.