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Russian Missile Interceptor Successfully Destroys Target

A Russian tactical missile interceptor succeeded in eliminating a dummy threat in a Tuesday trial aimed at assessing the antimissile system's reliability, RIA Novosti reported.

"The Aerospace Forces and defense industry successfully tested a Russian short-range interceptor missile at Sary-Shagan range at 12.01 p.m.," announced Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin.

"The antimissile system test was successful and it succeeded in destroying a test target in the time set," according to Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Valery Bratishenko.

The military did not disclose what type of interceptor was used in the test, but three months earlier Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Col. Dmitry Zenin said there would be an August antimissile trial involving the advanced S-400 system.

"Scientific and design developments continue to create promising antimissile weapons that will make it possible to expand substantially the combat capabilities of the missile defense system," ITAR-Tass quoted Zolotukhin as saying.

The country's Southern Military District is due before the year is over to receive S-400 Triumf antimissile units capable of thwarting drones, hostile aircraft, cruise missiles and medium-range ballistic missiles, RIA Novosti reported separately.

"In line with a plan for the rearmament of the Southern Military District, the S-400 air defense systems will be put on combat duty by the end of this year to replace the S-300PM systems," district spokesman Col. Igor Gorbul said.

The Triumf can intercept aerial threats from heights up to 18.6 miles and at ranges as far as 250 miles. S-400 units are already deployed near Moscow, the Kaliningrad exclave and in the Primorye region. 

Already this year, the Southern Military District has been outfitted with Pantsir-S air defense systems that are intended to protect more valuable antimissile units such as the S-400, according to Gorbul.

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