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    Russia's Western Military District Deploys S-300 Systems in Drills

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    Air defense and air force troops from Russia's Western Military District (WMD) conducted joint drills involving the deployment of S-300 air defense systems, WMD spokesman Igor Muginov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Combat crews deployed S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to designated areas, detecting aerodynamic and ballistic targets before firing salvos at simulated enemy targets, according to Muginov's statement.

    The exercises took place across Russia's regions of Leningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kursk and Voronezh, as well as in the Republic of Karelia.

    A total of some 300 units of military equipment, 50 planes and helicopters and 2,000 service personnel took part in the drills, according to the statement.

    S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler) is a missile defense system designed to fire surface-to-air missiles at aerial targets such as helicopters, warplanes and cruise or ballistic missiles.

    The S-300-P surface-to-air missile system
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    The S-300-P surface-to-air missile system

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