S-300 Air Defense Systems Deployed at Snap Alert Drills
Four regiments of S-300 air defense systems have been deployed at the Ashuluk firing range in southern Russia. The regiments were airlifted by military transport planes to designated drop zones where they will carry out a variety of missions simulating the defense of the Russian airspace from massive attacks by “enemy” missiles and aircraft.
The missions will be carried out in conditions of heavy electronic warfare to test the capabilities of the air defense units to the highest limit. A total of 8,700 personnel, 185 warplanes and 240 armored vehicles are involved in the three-day exercise.
The surprise alert exercise, ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, is part of a series of random checks of the Russian armed forces that began in February. The Defense Ministry said in February that random inspections will now be conducted on a regular basis to insure constant combat readiness of the armed forces.