Russia Activates Air Defense Missile System "To Guard Its Southern Frontiers"

Tyler Durden's picture

Just a month after announcing plans to deploy its newest S-500 air defense systems to protect Moscow and central regions, Xinhua reports that Russia has activated an air defense regiment armed with advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in the Southern Military District to guard its southern frontiers. Furthermore, a spokesperson for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces, said that 12 missile regiments will receive the S-400 systems, as it seems NATO's moves are prompting retaliatory advances by Russia.



As Xinhua reports, Russia activates S-400 missile systems in south to guard frontiers

Russia has activated an air defense regiment armed with advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in the Southern Military District to guard its southern frontiers, the Russian military said Tuesday.


"An air defense missile regiment from the Fourth Command of the Air Force and Air Defense entered into service in the Krasnodar region. It is equipped with S-400 Triumph advanced missile systems and Pantsir-S air defense missile and gun complex," the Southern Military District's press service said in a statement.


Earlier this month, the S-400 systems arrived at their permanent base after completing tests at the Ashuluk firing range in southern Astrakhan region.


During the tests, they successfully destroyed high-speed targets simulating incoming ballistic missiles and other aerial targets.


In August, Russia also announced plans to deploy its newest S-500 air defense systems to protect Moscow and central regions.


Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces, said Monday that 12 missile regiments will receive the S-400 systems by 2020.


The S-400 system, which can engage targets at a maximum range of up to 400 km at an altitude of 40,000-50,000 meters, is expected to form the cornerstone of Russia's air defense by 2020.


The S-500 systems will have an extended range of up to 600 km and is capable of engaging up to 10 targets simultaneously.

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Manthong's picture

OK, I give up..

How do you drop the mortar shell into those things?

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Russian armnaments, weapons that would go through hell and keep on firing. US arms, look at them they fall apart.

LibertyBear's picture

I don't know about that. One thing US does well it make arms

Headbanger's picture

They should put some Realtree or Mossy Oak camo on those tubes.

Anusocracy's picture

Washington needs some of those to protect the White House from intruders.

Paveway IV's picture

Patriot missile system: good at taking out sugar-engine Palistinian model rockets (sometimes); most recent upgrade is called Patriot Advanced Affordable Capability-4 [not a typo... sigh...]

Triumf: 40N6 good for 400km, anti-jamming, anti-stealth radar, can take out supersonic cruise and ballistic intert kinetic missiles

Bindar Dundat's picture

Where do you light the fuse?

layman_please's picture

it's not only nato, apparently. russia shares the southern border also with china who had recently lined up troops of 12-15K strong down there. this went quite unnoticed in the news.

edit: i can't validate previous source, but this article seems to indicate that china and russia don't trust each other, which is quite reasonable as china is colonising far east of russia piecemeal with its workforce. china will probably turn its guns towards russia after the west has been destroyed, just like happened between the soviet union and the nazi germany regardless of their Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

Titus's picture

Spot on. Russia has to dance between two large agressors. China has been teaching their children for decades that the eastern part of Russia is their heritage and sending males across the border to work and breed with the women. Many russian men in that region drink themselves to death.

Russia has to be friendly with China now, but it's a friendly smile with the hand resting on the gun.

optimator's picture

While we put our money into anti-IED defenses.  Talk about generals preparing to fight the last war.

Hobo Sapien's picture

If by, "does well," you mean to say goes way overbudget, is late by several years, does not perform to spec,... then I'd have to agree. I hear it's a profitable business. For some. Look at the F-35; 7 years late, billions over budget, a do-it-all plane that does nothing well. What we used to call a gyp.

Russia learned in WW2 to make easily mass produced, easily field maintanable arms. Yeah the Panzer V's were better on paper, but the T34s took them apart . Drop an AK47 in the mud, and it still fires, I hear. Look up the AS Val and the VSS Vintorez.

kowalli's picture

drop an AK47 in the mud for a year, take him out, shake him and it still fires

Anusocracy's picture

Drop Obama onto a golf course for a year, take him out, shake him and he still wants to go back.

Latina Lover's picture

Drop Obama onto a golf course for a year, take him out, shake him and he still covets reggies rear.

OldPhart's picture

Drop Obama onto a golf course


from 30,000 feet


leave him there.

sleigher's picture

"a do-it-all plane that does nothing well:

Jack of all trades, master of none.  

SilverRhino's picture

M1 Garand. The USA of the 20th century made superior arms. Now? Not so much.

agent default's picture

After the M14 US small arm design went to shit. 

buttmint's picture

Hobo..agreed, Russian kit might not be the latest or greatest, but they are not super sensitive, subject to recall ad nauseum. USAF had a winner with the A-10 Warthog that was consistently blocked during the 70s and 80s by USAF bean counters and generals because it didn't go fast. But what a success. Many fine features, among them a titanium bathtub to protect the pilot. Redundant systems. Now it is being decommisioned. In a few years, we'll be able to buy a better copy from Russia.

Hobo Sapien's picture

+100 Retiring the A-10 makes no sense except as part of the marketing push for the new vaporware.

Smells like... corruption.

Latina Lover's picture

Sure about that? What about the F-35, the flying garbage truck, or the original M16?  The MIC cares about profits before protecting the lives of the armed forces.

Pooper Popper's picture

Yep ,look at the Army A.C.U. camo pattern......


Lots of soldiers died over that greedy move.

Wild tree's picture


I do know that I don't want our sons/daughters to find out who is right. doesn't matter, we all lose, even those inside of DUMBS (DEEP UNEDERGROUND MILITARY BOMB SHELTERS).


I pray that test never happens, but I suspect it will.



y3maxx's picture

...Russian and Iraq Insurance vs Europe & USSA not mentioned......Russia will blow up UAE Port of Fujairah on the Oman Gulf and Iraq will take control of the Straight of Hormuz....Game, Set and Match

tony wilson's picture

you are a traitor and a coward.

i am forwarding you comments to the nsa

we need fighting men with passion

for this futile suicide mission

if we gonna wins we need beliefs in are exceptable xceptional analism

BlindMonkey's picture

They announced that they are taking their previously designed system similar to Iron Dome and updating it. They said they didn't think there was a use until they saw the Israeli's using the Dome. That should take care of that inbound mortar thing.

tony wilson's picture

yes this is satan the single fire and retire system

geno-econ's picture

Amazing what you can accomplish by stacking a few 55 gallon drums and painting them in camoflage. Easy to set up dummy units by the thousands to confuse enemy. Bullish

TheSecondLaw's picture

Who compiled this graphic?  30 kms is not 10 000 feet as noted in the graphic, but 98 425 feet.  There are 3.28 feet in a meter, and 1000 meters in a km. So 30 km = 30 000 meters. Converted to feet =  x 3.28 = approx 98 400 feet.  An GTA missile system that stops short at 10 000 feet would be like throwing stones at the moon.

El Vaquero's picture

Well, that escalated quickly.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They know what's "coming".

p.s. to the 14:10 posting:  Spock hopes that somebody didn't fuck up the math and give it a 3 km ceiling, because... 10,000 feet = 3 km.  30km - 100,000 feet.

Winston Churchill's picture

Worried about ICBM's from Iran and N.Korea.

Same as NATO with their missile shield.

disabledvet's picture

This is definitely possible.

The Ukraine and USA are not going to launch airstrikes on Russia anytime soon...but Iran might.

This could be a cover for a ground invasion of Ukraine however.  Given Russia's financial collapse since Crimea that doesn't seem like a "winner" as Ukraine is not doing well financially either.

300,000 feet gets you to outer space btw.

BlindMonkey's picture

An important note to the stated specs: it ranges from 10ft to max height. Terrain following cruise missiles need not apply either.

NotApplicable's picture

But they got it right when converting 75 miles to 120 km.

Go figure.

DutchR's picture

Time to get the tomato's inside...........

ersatz007's picture

"...and I killed a guy with a trident"

JustObserving's picture

Peace is breaking out everywhere thanks to the Nobel Prize Winner

Today, on the other hand, the CIA is directing an incendiary propaganda campaign against Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, a campaign that seems intent on provoking a direct military confrontation with the country with the second largest nuclear arsenal in the world. There is no question that the CIA is mobilizing all the resources and assets it commands—within governments, the media, and among academics—in a carefully orchestrated campaign aimed at polluting public opinion with anti-Russian hysteria.

Pentagon sends counterinsurgency military experts to Ukraine


Published time: September 30, 2014 18:03
1stepcloser's picture

They must be getting tired of Aurora over flights.

Bosch's picture

Malaysian Airlines pilots please plan accordingly. 

Jack Burton's picture

Malaysian Airlines Pilots, please do not accept flight plans and flight instructions from the Kiev CIA Air Traffic Control system!

Cockpit area next to pilots seat riddled with 30MM cannon shell holes, visible on dozens of close up photos taken the day of the crash. S-400 and BUK missiles do not mount 30MM cannon, but Ukrainian SU-25 and MIG-29 do indeed mount this gun. And ground eyewitnesses saw 2 fighter aircraft escorting the Malaysian Air Liner. Plus Russian Air Radars tracked the contacts eyewitnesses reported. On ground witnesses also reported, right after the crash, that they heard loud machine gun like fire coming from the sky at the time the plane began to break up.

But ignore that, I have it on the best authority that a BUK fired by the Rebel forces in east Ukraine shot this plane down, and they did it without any fire control radar or any ground based radars. It was not anyone of the five Ukrainian BUK systems and their mobile radars that were in range that did it. Trust CNN they have the latest breaking news!

Latina Lover's picture

Jack Burton, if the USSA/EU had conclusive proof that Russia and/or the so-called Russian Rebels shot down MH17, they would have been screaming it 24/7 from every controlled media mouthpiece.  Instead the false flag against Russia failed, likely because the jet did not crash in Russia as planned.  Notice how the black box recordings and the Kiev Control tower recordings have never been released. Notice also how the state department indirectly offered as proof satellite images that were much worse than those obtainable by google earth.

Finally, if you want a good laugh, check out how the CNN reporter Chris Cuomo initially attacks Putin for not allowing immediate access to the crash site. Chris was reading from a prepared script, and did not receive the latest talking points. 

Peter Lavelles reply was priceless....

BTW, this video keeps being taken down by youtube.

Anusocracy's picture

The important thing to remember is that the US lie was out first.

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

Mark Twain

Latina Lover's picture

Your are correct. Most Americans will believe initially in the false narrative created by the USSA.  Over time, however, the narrative erodes unless all contrary opinions are precluded. This is why, then RT television is under constant attack by western puppet media, and the free flow of information via the internet is a threat to national security.