Before the end of 2017, Russia will deploy two new S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile systems in the Arctic, announced General-Major Sergey Moskvichev, commander of the first anti-aircraft division.
“Since 2015, an S-400 system has been deployed at the Kola Peninsula. This year the same anti-aircraft missile system will take over the standby duty in the Archangelsk region, and another will go to the Kola Peninsula,” he said in an interview for the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
Moskvichev emphasized that his division will keep track of the air situation from the border with Finland to the Tiksi settlement in Yakutia.
He said that the rearmament of air-defense units is currently underway.
“Rearmament is well underway for both the surface-to-air missile forces and the radio technological units. The latter will receive new radiolocation stations which operate on a broad range and are noted for a high level of accuracy,” the General-Major added.
Earlier, Russia has deployed a regiment with S-400 missiles in the Crimea. A Pantsir-S surface-to-air systems as well as Bal and Bastion coastal missile systems have also been deployed at the annexed peninsula.
By the end of 2017, Russia plans to complete the creation of missile defense shield around the country’s perimeter. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the borders of the country will be protected from the sea and from the air.