Russia will deploy its most advanced S-400 air defence systems to the annexed Crimea peninsula in August, said agency reports quoting military officials.
“In August 2016 the (S-400) systems are expected to be unloaded in Feodosia where they will be permanently located,” Yevgeny Oleinikov, deputy commander of the Russian army’s 18thsurface-to-air missile regiment, told RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to an eastern Crimean town.
Moscow is currently using its older S-300 systems on the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in March 2014 in a move condemned by the West that led to the imposition of US and EU sanctions.
The S-400 “Triumph” systems are Russia’s most modern anti-aircraft and missile defence systems. They are being deployed in Syria, where Moscow is conducting a bombing campaign in support of long-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The system can track some 300 targets and shoot down around three dozen simultaneously over a range of several hundred kilometres.