An S-400 missile system has already been delivered, deployed and entered service at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Nov. 26.
"Following the decision by the supreme commander-in-chief of the Russian Armed Forces, an S-400 surface-to-air missile system has today been promptly delivered, deployed and already entered service to provide cover for the area," Konashenkov said.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told senior defense officials a day earlier that the Hmeimim airbase used by the Russian aviation group in Syria will be reinforced with an S-400 SAM system.
"Following the decision by the supreme commander-in-chief, an S-400 surface-to-air missile system is being re-deployed to the Hmeimim airfield to ensure air defense in every direction in Syria," Shoigu said.
"In future, we will continue paying attention to this sort of incidents, as we did before," said Shoigu, commenting on the fall of a Sukhoi Su-24 bomber in Syria, adding that "this case is special." "Based on this, the supreme commander-in-chief has issued the relevant instruction," Shoigu said.
The S-400 "Triumph" SAM system designed and manufactured by Almaz-Antey is intended to protect critical political, administrative, economic and military facilities against air strikes, strategic, cruise, tactical and ballistic missiles, as well as medium-range ballistic missiles in a combat and electronic warfare environment.
S-400 is fitted with missiles which can hit targets at up to 250 kilometers, and non-strategic ballistic missiles with an operating range of up to 60 kilometers.
The minimum and maximum altitudes of an aerodynamic target are 0.01 and 27 kilometers, respectively; for a ballistic target, the figures are two and seven kilometers, respectively. The system can hit a target moving at up to 4,800 meters per second, hit up to 36 targets at a time and orient up to 72 missiles at a time. The S-400 system takes five minutes to deploy.
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