The Russian Federation anti-aircraft missile regiment based in Crimea armed with S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has assumed combat duty, the press office the Russian Southern Military District reported on Friday, according to TASS.
“A ceremony will be held in the antiaircraft missile regiment of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District on January 14 for the command post and the S-400 Triumf battalion to assume combat duty,” read the report.
“It is for the first time, that a unique air defense complex assumed combat duty in Crimea – it will raise the combat opportunities of the air defense,” said the Russian Commander of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army Viktor Sevastianov.
The armament of the 18th Guard Anti-Aircraft Rocket Sevastopol-Feodosia Regiment stationed near the city of Feodosia in Crimea was replenished with the advanced S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in 2016.
The Russian Federation anti-aircraft missile regiment’s troops underwent re-training and held missile test launches as part of the Caucasus-2016 strategic maneuvers in August 2016.
The S-400 complex is designated to destroy all types of modern and perspective aerospace attack means. It is capable of hitting aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles) and tactical ballistic targets flying at a speed of 4.8 km/s (3 mi/s) at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) at altitudes of several meters to several dozen kilometers.
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