Northern Fleet to create air defense ‘dome’ over Russian Arctic with S-400 missile systems

The Northern Fleet will arm all its Arctic  battalions with S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in coming years to  create an air defense dome over the Russian Arctic, Fleet Commander  Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev said in an interview with the Defense  Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday.

"This year, S-400 systems will enter service with the air defense  missile regiment stationed on Novaya Zemlya. There are plans to arm all  our Arctic battalions with these systems in coming years and thus create  an air defense dome over the Russian Arctic," the Fleet commander said.

Also, units of a new air defense formation have gone on experimental  combat duty in Tiksi to provide security of the airspace over the  Northern Sea Route, he added.

"In the future, we are planning to build up the air defense  capabilities of Russia’s northern frontiers," the vice-admiral stressed.

Thus, the Russian polar regions will be protected against  enemy air attacks, "be it aviation, cruise or ballistic missiles," the  Northern Fleet commander explained.

Russia also continues building ramified military infrastructure on  the Arctic islands, in particular, hi-tech lighting systems to monitor  the situation in the air, on the ground and under the water, he said.

Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) is the  latest long- and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went  into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and  ballistic missiles, and can also be used against ground installations.  The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of up to 400 km and at an  altitude of up to 30 km under intensive enemy fire and jamming.

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