14 September 2011

Russian S-400 missile system used for the first time

S-400. Photo: RIA Novosti

Summing up the active phase of the Comradeship-in-Arms-2011 war games earlier today, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdiukov said that Russia has for the first time used its S-400 air defence missile system.

The manoeuvres that have been held at the Ashuluk proving range, in the south of Russia, comprised over 2,000 CIS servicemen and sought to drill Air Force units of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in carrying out joint operation procedures when repelling terrorists in a near-border armed conflict.

The range practice was attended by the Defence Ministers of Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Armenia and Ukraine, and also by observers from Algeria, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Syria.

Defence Minister Serdiukov spoke highly of the military units’ interaction and pointed out that all Defence Ministers were clearly content with the units’ performance.

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