Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday said his nation within this decade would arm each of its military air-defense regiments with advanced S-400 Triumph and Pantsir-S interceptors, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, Feb. 17).
"We are planning to revamp our air defense network. All air defense regiments will receive new S-400 Triumph and Pantsir-S systems," Putin said, describing Russian military acquisitions planned through 2020 (see related GSN story, today).
The S-400 system is designed primarily to eliminate ballistic and cruise missiles, and its interceptors can hit airborne targets at a distance of roughly 250 miles and at altitudes ranging between 131,000 feet and 164,000 feet, according to RIA Novosti.
The Pantsir-S system incorporates short- and medium-range interceptors and artillery for guarding sites. The unit includes as many as 12 solid-fueled, firing-ready interceptors, as well as two dual 30-millimeter artillery cannons capable of hitting enemy air targets within roughly 2.5 miles (RIA Novosti, March 21).