Russia adds S-400 air defense system to Crimea for ‘combat duty’ – Forward Observer Shop

Russia adds S-400 air defense system to Crimea for ‘combat duty’

The Russian military has deployed an S-400 air defense unit to Crimea for “combat duty,” according to a Russian media report, bringing the total S-400 batteries to two.

Russian commanders said the additional battalion was added as a means of bolstering the defense of the enclave, which Moscow annexed by force in early 2014.

Russian media reports that the purpose of the S-400 units is to defend airspace near the border with Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Russia’s taking measures to ensure its security should not be perceived as a threat to anyone.

The military announced the deployment of the additional air defense battalion as the USS Carney, which carries a full complement of Tomahawk cruise missiles, arrived at Ukraine’s port of Odessa.

The S-400s are Russia’s most advanced surface-to-air missile systems. They have a range of about 245-250 miles. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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