The S-300PS Favorit anti-aircraft missile defense systems were put on combat duty on Friday (July 1) to protect the airspace over southern Siberia, Deputy Commander of Russia’s 14th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Central Military District Andrei Shchemelev told TASS.
“The S-300PS anti-aircraft missile defense systems were put on combat duty at 10:00 am, local time (6:00, Moscow time) today in the Republic of Khakassia”, Shchemelev said.
According to him, crews of the Abakan air defense missile formation successfully completed a retraining course for using the new weapons, completed field firing practice at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan region in late March. “The positons for the deployment of the new S-300 systems have been equipped,” Shchemelev said.
An anti-aircraft missile defense formation was formed in Abakan on December 1, 2015. “The main task of the anti-aircraft gunners is to protect important facilities in the responsibility zone”, he said.