MOSCOW. Dec 8 (Interfax) – Several S-400 ‘Triumf’ long-range air defense missile systems were put on a trial run on Thursday to guard the Russian air borders in the country’s north-west, Russian Western Military District spokesman Col. Igor Muginov said.
“As part of the trial run, crews operating the S-400 [systems] will have to check their integration into the existing aerospace defense system of the Western Military District in the north-western strategic sector and will have to hold a number of specialized training sessions,” he said.
In August 2016, S-400 crews from the Western Military District aerospace forces’ unit successfully completed their retraining to operate this new system and fulfilled a program of life-fire exercises at a firing range in Russia’s southern Astrakhan region, Muginov said.
The S-400 ‘Triumf’ long-range air defense complex was designed and built by Almaz-Antey Concern for highly efficient destruction of strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets and other means of aerial attack amid radio-electronic and other types of countermeasures.
The system can destroy aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 kilometers and hit ballistic targets flying at a speed of up to 4.8 kilometers per second at altitudes varying from several meters to several dozen kilometers at a range of 60 kilometers.