Russian S-400 Triumph Success
Russian Defense Ministry announced an antiaircraft weapon system S-400 Triumph deployment in Crimea.
"4th Air Force and Air Defence Army's surface-to-air missile regiment of Southern Military District deployed in Crimean Peninsula is fielded with modern missile S-400 Triumph" – the Southern Military District press-service said.
The deployment of such kind of weapon in Crimea is part of Russia's President Vladimir Putin's plan of enhancing security in the peninsula he made after Ukraine's attempt to strike Crimea's infrastructure key objects.
The surface-to-air missile regiment is expected to participate in strategic command-staff exercise "Kavkaz-2016" (Caucasus-2016).
S-400 Triumph is the cutting-edge long range air-defense missile system established to counter aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles and surface objects. Its fire range is up to 250 miles, the missiles are able to hit objectives at the altitude up to 19 miles. Russian army took the missile system into service nine years ago. Eleven Russian Armed Forces regiments have it in service at the moment; five more are expected to receive it till the end of 2016.
The system is high-demanded today. China and India hold talks with Russia on its purchase and delivery. These two states's military departments were first who expressed a wish to receive Moscow's modern weapons. Nevertheless, a priority mission is to equip the Russian Army with these systems.
"There is a large number of demands to deliver the system, but the problem is we can't sell them to everyone, so we've got to fully equip our Armed Forces. At the same time talks with China and India are held," said Assistant to the Russian President for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin.
Interest for products of Russian military-industrial complex rose after a successful application if military equipment in Syria conflict where unparalleled S-400 system was in the highlight. It's deployment at Hmeymin airbase was officially declared after Turkey's F-16 fighter downed Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria. After the system's deployment in conflict zone there have been no attacks against Russian aircraft.