The Aerospace Defense Forces will put S-500 and S-350 Vityaz air defense systems into operation soon, ITAR-TASS reports with reference to the Commander of Air Defense and Anti Missile Forces, Major General Andrey Demin.
In accordance with the Commander’s order, a regiment operating the latest S-400 and Pantsir-S1 air defense systems came on duty in Zvenigorod (Moscow Region). It will be responsible for air defense of Moscow and central industrial district.
The General said that “one more S-400 regiment will be deployed in 2014”. "The number of Aerospace Defense Forces’ regiments operating S-400 air defense systems will reach four ones by the end of 2014, - he added. – Thus the first stage of re-equipment of the air defense regiments of the Aerospace Defense Forces will be completed".
According to the representative of press-service of the Russian Ministry of Defense (responsible for Aerospace Defense Forces), Colonel Alexey Zolotukhin, S-400 "Triumph" air defense systems were delivered to Moscow Region from the Kapustin Yar firing range (Astrakhan Region) in early March. Prior to delivery of S-400 systems to the regiment’s home station, the maneuvers with firing range practice have been carried out. "Over 10 target missiles simulating ballistic, low-altitude and operational-tactical aerial targets with different altitudes and speeds have been successfully intercepted", - Zolotukhin noted.
Pantsir-S1 squadron will provide protection for S-400 Triumph, the Colonel added.