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Russian VKS deploys first S-350 air defence system

26 February 2020
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Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKS) has deployed its first S-350 Vityaz air defence system to a training centre in Gatchina in the Leningrad Region, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 26 February.

The VKS has deployed its first S-350 Vityaz air defence system to a training centre in Gatchina in the Leningrad Region. (Russian MoD)The VKS has deployed its first S-350 Vityaz air defence system to a training centre in Gatchina in the Leningrad Region. (Russian MoD)

"The system's crew has already conducted simulated firings and moved the weapon to a new position," said the MoD, adding that the S-350 had conducted live firings of missiles as part of its acceptance procedures. The first S-350 was handed over to the MoD in late December 2019.

Russian air defence units are set to receive 144 S-350 launchers before the end of 2027. "Under the current State Armament Programme for 2018-2027, VKS air defence troops will receive 12 S-350 battalions with 12 launchers each," said the MoD.

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