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    An S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system and a Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system during the combat duty drills of the surface to air-misile regiment in the Moscow Region

    Russian Armed Forces Receive S-400 Regiment, Another Expected by Year-End

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    According to the Russian defense contractor Almaz-Antey, the army should expect to add to its 19 S-400 air defense system regiments by the end of the year.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The Almaz-Antey concern, which manufactures the systems, said in a statment: "as part of its obligations [to fulfill its] state defense order, transferred a regular (second for October and third for 2017) regiment of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems to the Russian Defense Ministry," the manufacturer said.

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    "By the end of 2017, the company will supply the Russian Defense Ministry with another S-400 regiment. Thus, this year the state customer will have been sent four [artillery] regiments equipped with the system," it said.

    S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems during combat duty drills of the surface to air-misile regiment in the Moscow Region.
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    S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon systems during combat duty drills of the surface to air-misile regiment in the Moscow Region.

    The S-400 Triumph is designed for highly effective protection against air strikes, strategic, cruise, tactical and operational-tactical ballistic missiles as well as medium-range ballistic missiles in combat and radio electronic countermeasures.

    The S-400 systems were delivered to Syria in November 2015, after the Turkish Air Force shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber near the Syrian border. The systems are protecting the Hmeymim airbase useed by the Russian air power for strikes against terrorists in the country.

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