Russia has placed a surface-to-air missile (SAM) regiment equipped with its state-of-the-art S-400 air defense system on combat alert outside Moscow.
“The SAM combat squads of the Moscow Region aerospace forces have put the new S-400 Triumph air defense missile system into service, and have gone on combat duty for the air defense of Moscow and the central industrial region of Russia,” said Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
The ministry added that the system arrived in Moscow in December after it was tested during drills held in the Kapustin Yar area in the country’s southern regions.
“The main task of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces is air defense and protecting vital state, military, industry and energy facilities, as well as the Armed Forces troops and transport communications, from aerospace attacks,” added the ministry.
Triumph is designed for high-efficiency defense against airstrikes utilizing various kinds of ballistic missile attacks. It is capable of striking dynamic targets in the air at a distance of around 400 kilometers moving at a speed of almost five kilometers per second at various altitudes.
The system has also been deployed in Syria to provide air cover for Russia’s forces since November by the direct order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies. The Takfiri terrorists operating in the Arab country have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the army has managed to liberate a number of areas from their grip.