First S-350 Vityaz medium-range SAMs to be deployed to Siberia

15 May 2019

The first S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems will be deployed in central Siberia to protect strategically important facilities in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, according to local media quoting the Ministry of Defence on 13 May. State certification tests were completed on 12 April and serial production has commenced.

Initial deliveries will go to the 24th Mobile Air Defence Brigade, which was created in 2017 in Abakan, the capital of the Republic of Khakassia. An additional system will go to the Air Defence Academy in Smolensk, western Russia, presumably for training and demonstration.

Developed by Almaz-Antey State Design Bureau, the S-350 Vityaz system, Russian air defence forces (PVO) index code 50R6, is intended to replace the 1980s S-300PS SAM and its later upgrade variants.

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