Russian troops test latest S-350 anti-aircraft missile system

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MOSCOW, January 14. / TASS /. The Russian Aerospace Force has tested the latest S-350 “Vityaz” surface-to-air missile system for the first time on a training ground in the southern Astrakhan region, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Specialists from the air defense missile forces carried out the initial firing of the system on the Astrakhan region testing ground,” the ministry said, without specifying when the tests were to be held.

Combat teams also trained to theoretically detect and strike real air targets simulated by MiG-29SMT fighters.

The first S-350 surface-to-air missile system will arrive at its permanent deployment site in the Leningrad region in the immediate future, the ministry added.

In 2020, the Russian Aerospace Force is also expected to receive four sets of S-400 “Triumf” anti-aircraft missile system regiment and six sets of Pantsyr-S anti-aircraft missile / gun launcher battalions.

The S-350 “Vityaz” surface-to-air missile system was developed by defense manufacturer Almaz-Antey for air defense on battlefields and is capable of hitting targets within a maximum radius of 60 km and at a maximum altitude of 30 km. The S-350 is designed to combat both aerodynamic and ballistic targets. An S-350 launcher carries 12 surface-to-air missiles.


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