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On Alert: Top Notch S-400 System in Crimea Achieves Full Operational Readiness

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The S-400 Triumf missile system deployed to enhance Crimea's air defenses is fully ready to carry out combat tasks, military analyst Mikhail Khodarenok told Radio Sputnik, saying that other countries "have nothing of the kind."

"The S-400 system has been in service with the 18th anti-aircraft missile regiment in Feodosia since last year," he said. "Their military personnel have undergone training. The time has come when [the system] has become fully operational. There are currently two anti-aircraft missile regiments in Crimea, one in Sevastopol, the other one in Feodosia."

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The defense analyst singled out several advantages of the S-400, including its long range and enormous fire power potential. He added that that the complex, designed by JSC GSKB Almaz-Antey, can be combat ready in less than five minutes. "In other words, the system is extremely mobile," he said.

In service since 2007, the S-400 Triumf (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is an anti-aircraft and anti-missile system capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry, including fifth-generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles. The complex, comprising up to eight battalions, is reported to be capable of engaging up to 80 targets.

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The mobile long-range surface-to-air missile system has been designed to intercept electronic warfare airplanes, as well as early-warning and surveillance aircraft amid aggressive electronic jamming, the defense analyst said.

The S-400 is equipped with four types of missiles, including the very-long-range 40N6, which is said to have an operational range of 400 km (nearly 250 miles), the long-range 48N6 missiles (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 missiles (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).

The S-400 deployment to Crimea is part of a major rearmament plan that has been in place since the Black Sea Peninsula joined Russia following the March 2014 referendum.

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