Russian Central Military District Holds First S-400 Missile Launch Exercise

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The exercise was the first drill involving the S-400 air defense system held in Russia's Central Military District.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An air defense unit from Russia's Central Military District (CMD) has successfully hit high-speed simulated targets using the S-400 mobile surface-to-air missile system in a military exercise in the Russian Far East, an aide to the district’s commander Col. Yaroslav Roshchupkin said Tuesday.

"An anti-aircraft missile regiment from the Central Military District, which received the S-400 'Triumph' system a year ago, has successfully carried out combat launches as part of a joint exercise between the air force and air defense forces at the Telemba training range in the Republic of Buryatia," Roshchupkin said.

A woman walks near Russia's air defence system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles at the military exhibition - Sputnik International
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A total of six missiles were launched, hitting several high speed targets which included the Kaban target missile, moving along a flat ballistic trajectory at a speed of 1,500 meters per second (4,000 feet per second) and at a height of 45 kilometers (28 miles).

Tuesday's exercise was the first drill involving the S-400 system held in the CMD.

The S-400 Triumph is an air defense missile system that integrates a multifunction radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and command and control center. It is capable of firing three types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at both short and extremely long distances.

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