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 Russia tests S-400 surface-to-air missile

Russia is making active steps in boosting its air and missile defense capabilities. Several days ago Russian Defense Ministry carried out successful testing of a new longer-range guided missile for the current generation S-400 surface-to-air air defense system.

Deputy commander of the Air and Space Defense Major General Kirill Makarov told Russian RIA Novosti agency, Censor.NET reports.

"Tests are currently in full swing. Three days ago we successfully carried out testing of a surface-to-air missile which successfully hit its target," Makarov said.

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A successful test of the missile at a range of 400 km was held, the target was destroyed at maximum range.

The S-400 Triumf , previously known as S-300PMU-3, is a new generation anti-aircraft weapon system developed as an upgrade of the S-300 family. The S-400 uses three different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope. These are the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missile. Only 1 system comprising up to eight divisions (battalions) can control up to 72 launchers, with a maximum of 384 missiles. S-400 can be used for all types of targets, including strategic bombers, electronic warfare airplanes, reconnaissance airplanes, early-warning radar airplanes, fighter airplanes, stealth airplanes, strategic cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.

 
 
 
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