Russia’s Aerospace Forces have started adopting a new regimental set of the long-range S-400 Triumf air defense systems at the Kapustin Yar testing range in the Astrakhan Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Earlier, the Almaz-Antey concern said it had handed Russia’s Defense Ministry five S-400 regiments in 2016 under a state defense contract.
“The Aerospace Forces are adopting a second regimental set of S-400 air defense systems in a month,” the statement said.
As part of the transfer of the systems, the equipment was brought to a testing range at the ministry's request for initial live fire exercises. The tests included an air defense exercise involving target missiles that imitated an attack during day and night time, as well as in adverse weather conditions and amid active radio-electronic countermeasures of a simulated enemy.
“Concern Almaz-Antey has completed the transfer of the weapons, the military and special equipment from the main nomenclature to the Russian Defense Ministry within the state defense contract. In particular, five regimental sets of the advanced S-400 Triumf air defense system have been supplied,” Almaz-Antey said in a press release.
According to the Ministry of Defense’s statement, the servicemen have started a complex acceptance of the military equipment, which includes assembly quality inspection, checking of the completeness and operating capacity of all systems, mechanisms and aggregates of the new air defense system.
Following these procedures, the servicemen will pass control tests on the admission to carry out initial firing exercises and the new regimental set of the S-400 air defense system will be delivered to a permanent disposition in the Moscow region, according to the Defense Ministry.
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at short-to-extremely long range. It is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.