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    The new formation comprises three divisions armed with advanced Buk-M2 missile systems and staffed by both conscripts and contract troops.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A new Buk-M2 missile system brigade has entered combat duty in Russia's Krasnodar Territory, the Russian Defense Ministry's Southern Military Command said Monday.

    "The new missile brigade received a battle flag and entered combat duty in the Southern Military Command in Krasnodar Territory," the command's press service said.

    The new formation comprises three divisions armed with advanced Buk-M2 missile systems and staffed by both conscripts and contract troops, the southern command added.

    The Buk surface-to-air missile system is capable of hitting targets within a range of 35 kilometers (115,000 feet) and an altitude of up to 25 kilometers (82,000 feet), depending on the modification. The new Buks are able to engage simultaneously up to 36 targets.

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