Russia Puts S-400 Missile Systems On Combat Duty

Russia has put a number of its S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems on trial combat duty at the north-western border of Russia, according to spokesman for the Western Military District.

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“Several S-400 Triumph long-range air defense missile systems have been put on trial combat duty today,” spokesman for the Western Military District, Colonel Igor Muginov said on Thursday, as reported by ITAR-TASS.

The official said that the S-400 systems’ crews will monitor their integration into the currently used aerospace defense system of the Western Military District in the northwest of the country. Also, Russia prepares to carry out a number of military drills using the systems, according to Muginov.

The S-400 air defense missile systems entered military service in the Russian army in 2007. As of today, 11 Russian regiments are equipped with the systems, and by late 2016 it is expected that the number will be increased to 16.

The advanced systems are designed to destroy all existing and future aircraft and missiles, with the ability to hit aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometers and tactical ballistic targets flying at a speed of 4.8 km/s at a range of up to 60 kilometers.

Thus, Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems are capable of destroying cruise missiles, tactical and strategic aircraft and ballistic missile warheads. The S-400 system’s radars are capable of acquiring aerial targets at a distance of up to 600 kilometers, which is extraordinary for all modern radars.

Russia deploys S-400 missile systems in Arctic

It was reported on Tuesday that Russia deployed two advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Russia’s Arctic region north of the polar circle over the past year, according to RT citing military sources. The news come amid reports that Russia had deployed S-400 systems to Syria in order to strengthen its military presence there.

The S-400 air defense missile systems have been stationed at the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and at the Yakutian port in the Arctic Ocean, according to a source at the Russian General Staff of Armed Forces.

The areas to which the S-400 systems have been deployed are protected by Pantsir-S1 short-range mobile air defense systems, which are equipped with Igla-S surface-to-air missile launchers as well as double-barreled Djigit 30mm cannons.

“Over the past year, two S-400 regiments have been deployed in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and in the Yakutian town of Tiksi,” the source said.

Russia has taken a sudden interests in its military base on Novaya Zemlya, reinforcing it with military hardware such as Bastion-P complexes.

“These systems are on twenty-four-hour alert,” the source said, reminding that Russia had earlier deployed other military installations in the Arctic armed with missiles, air-defense systems and artillery batteries, “from the Cola Peninsula and Novaya Zemlya in the west to Andyr and the Mys Shmidta in the east.”

According to the source, all of them are carrying out Russia’s military tasks.

U.S. Navy plans to defeat Russia’s S-400 with this

After a successful show off of the new technologies at Fleet Experiment 2015 this summer, the U.S. Navy is upgrading its Boeing EA-18G Growler fleet with the new high-speed Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) datalink in order to counter Russia’s S-400 missile systems.

Boeing’s representatives also stressed that all new Growlers currently under the development will be equipped with the new hardware while older jets will be retrofitted the new standard.

“This enhanced targeting capability provides our aircrews with a significant advantage, especially in an increasingly dense threat environment where longer-range targeting is critical to the fight,” said Capt. David Kindley, U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, according to National Interest.

The newly introduced upgrade will allow multiple Growlers to coordinate their actions against all existing enemy missile systems that proliferating around the world as part of the Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air battle network.

“The complexity of global threat environments continues to evolve,” said Dan Gillian, the vice president of Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18G programs. “This long-range targeting technology is essential as we advance electronic attack capabilities for the conflicts of today and tomorrow.”

Russia deploys ‘doomsday’ plane in preparation for nuclear war

The U.S. Navy’s move to enhance the Growler feet comes amid Russia’s deployment of S-400 missile systems to Syria. With the enhanced Growlers, the Navy wants to be capable of generating a weapons quality track in real time. National Interest revealed that it would work best when there would be three Growlers with their actions being fully coordinated.

The new upgrade is crucial to the Navy’s plans to counter threats in the military world dominated by advanced integrated air defense systems that feature VHF radars capable of targeting stealth aircraft as well as highly mobile double-digit surface-to-air missile systems, such as Russia’s S-400 missile systems or Chinese HQ-9.

The move also appears essential at this time, as Russia has just deployed two advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Russia’s Arctic region.

However, Russia always stays one step ahead of the U.S. ValueWalk reported on Saturday that Moscow is now fully prepared for a nuclear war with NATO with its state-of-the-art flying command center capable of maintaining full control over Russia’s armed forces in case of a global disaster or nuclear war.

Russia’s defense industry has recently completed a number of tests of the flying strategic command center aboard an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft, which will be used by Russia’s military on battlefields when there is no ground infrastructure in the area, and when communications from ground facilities have been disrupted.

To this day, the United States was the only country in the world to possess a command center of this kind.

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