MOSCOW, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces have started to move the S-400 “Triumf” (SA-21 Growler) and S-300 “Favorit” (SA-10 Grumble) anti-aircraft weapon systems to the Ashuluk military range, for their use in live firing drills, Russian Defense Ministry representative for the Aerospace Defense Forces Col. Dmitry Zenin told the press Monday.
“As part of the Air and Ballistic Missile Defense Command and Air Defense brigades’ scheduled tactical maneuver with field firing, military staff and operational hardware are being redeployed to the Ashuluk military range in the Astrakhan region,” Zenin said, adding that the first train carrying the S-400 system, special engineer equipment and infrastructure, already reached Ashuluk. The S-300 and Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 Greyhound) anti-aircraft artillery systems are expected to be deployed to Ashuluk soon.
Zenin specified that the Aerospace Defense Forces would transfer more than 800 troops and 200 operational and special vehicles to Ashuluk. The three-phase Air and Ballistic Missile Defense Command and Air Defense brigade drills are scheduled to last until April 28.