Invincible Shield: Russia Puts S-400 Systems on Combat Duty Near Moscow

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S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler) air defense system - Sputnik International
The Russian Armed Forces have put an air defense regiment, equipped with advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems, on combat duty in the Moscow Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "Four air defense regiments are providing Moscow and the Central industrial district with air defense after a new system was deployed on combat duty in formation of the Aerospace Defence Forces," the statement reads.

According to the statement, at least one more regiment equipped with S-400 systems is expected to be deployed on combat duty in the Moscow Region before the end of the year.

The S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) is by far Russia's most advanced surface-to-air missile system. It has a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles) and is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistic and cruise missiles.

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