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    Two more state-of-the-art Pantsir-S air defense systems are now operational outside Moscow; they will defend against missile attacks on the Russian capital, according to the country's Defense Ministry.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said on its website that two more sophisticated Pantsir-S surface-to-air systems have come online near Moscow to protect the skies over the Russian capital.

    In February 2015, the Pantsir-S systems were deployed to a permanent base in the Moscow Region after successful fire drills were conducted at the Ashuluk range in southern Russia's Astrakhan region, the Ministry said.

    Right now, there are a total of five flak missile regiments equipped with Pantsir-S systems providing Moscow's air defenses, according to the ministry.

    One additional system is expected to be up for combat duty outside Moscow before the end of this year, in a move to modernize the Russian Aerospace Forces, the ministry added.

    A KAMAZ-6560 truck with a Pantsir-S antiaircraft gun / surface-to-air missile system. File photo
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    A KAMAZ-6560 truck with a Pantsir-S antiaircraft gun / surface-to-air missile system. File photo

    The Pantsir-S is a Russian short-to-medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, which first entered service in 2012 and will gradually replace Tunguska's self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon.

    The Pantsir-S is primarily designed to defend higher ranking air defense systems, such as the S-300 and S-400 regiments.

    Two S-400 regiments currently deployed around Moscow include a Pantsir-S battalion each, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The Pantsir-S is a gun-missile system which combines a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannon and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles, designed to engage a variety of low altitude targets.

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