Russia deploys S-400 air defense systems to Belarus — RT DE

22 Jan 2022 21:57

Russia and Belarus have announced joint military maneuvers for mid-February, which are intended to strengthen defense readiness. The deployment of S-400 air defense systems from Russia’s Far East to participate began this week.

Russia is moving two branches of its S-400 Triumf air defense systems, designed to combat enemy aircraft, to neighboring Belarus. The teams are to take part in military exercises there, as the Ministry of Defense in Moscow confirmed on Friday.

The video footage from Ruptly shows the loading of the weapon systems near the city of Khabarovsk and the departure of one of the trains.

A statement from the ministry said that “two detachments of the S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile complex have completed their march to the loading station in the Khabarovsk region of Far East Russia.” The missiles will now be transported almost 9,000 kilometers by rail to Belarus.

Development of the S-400 air defense system had started in the late 1980s, and it entered service for the first time in 2007. Russia also sold it in a slightly modified form to countries such as China and Turkey, and a contract was signed in November 2021 announced with India. International weapons experts are calling the S-400 arguably the best strategic surface-to-air missile system currently in service, which is why exports of the system to Turkey and India have been aggressively opposed by the US.

Moscow earlier announced that Russian soldiers will conduct joint exercises with Belarusian troops in February to test the two nations’ ability to coordinate their military actions. From February 10th to 20th they will hold the “Union Resolve” exercise. Before that, the two military men will “practice moving troops and forming task forces in dangerous directions within a short period of time,” according to Oleg Voinov, a senior Belarusian military official. Woinow also explained that one goal of the drills is to practice defending the state border.

A detachment of the Russian Air Defense Forces usually consists of nine missile-based air defense systems and the associated operating, maintenance and command personnel. The Russian term “Division” should not be confused with the German term der Division, which corresponds to the term “Divisija” in Russian.

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