Ukrainian anti-air troops used the mobile S-300B1 anti-air missile defense system in a drill for the first time in 19 years,reported Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff and Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on November 3.
According to Muzhenko, the results of the training shots “confirmed the possibility of significantly increasing the combat strength in the shortest possible time”. “For the first time in 19 years, there was combat use of the mobile S-300B1 anti-air missile system, whose crew destroyed two targets. The successful combat launches from the restored small and intermediate-range system, as well as the tests of the modernized fire guidance systems, will open up further work prospects for the Ukrainian defense industry complex,” Muzhenko observed.
Ukraine closed a portion of its airspace to the west of annexed Crimea due to missiles being fired between November 1-4.
According to reports by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), the drills involve anti-air defense infantry divisions as well as anti-air missile troops from the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“The military held drills with combat shots of S-300 anti-air missile systems of various modifications, Buk, Tor, Osa-AKM, at the Yahorlyk training ground,” the NSDC reported.