Saratov. 18 April 2019. The S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft systems and Pantisr missile complexes trained to repel air strikes during drills in Saratov region within a final check for 2019 winter season.
The troops practised electronic launches at high-altitude, low-flying, maneuvering and ballistic targets simulating fighter jets and cruise missiles.
Besides the personnel were checked for communication alerts, receiving weapons, and complying with standards when military equipment leaves the park areas in concentration areas. Over 800 servicemen and 100 pieces of hardware are involved in the drills.
It may be recalled that India inked an agreement with Russia in October 2018 to procure S400 systems at a cost of Rs. 40,000 crore despite US’ warnings against it.
The S-400 Triumf (Russian: C-400 Триумф, Triumph; NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler), previously known as the S-300 PMU-3, is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. The S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (400 km), the long-range 48N6 (250 km), the medium-range 9M96E2 (120 km) and the short-range 9M96E (40 km).