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Russian Air Defense Units Successfully Fire S-300 Missiles

Sputnik News

10:58 27.04.2015(updated 11:47 27.04.2015)

Anti-air S-300 missiles were successfully fired by units from the Kapustin Yar Testing Range in Russia's southern Astrakhan Region, the Southern Military District's press service announced Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The launches were held last week and included control fire of the S-300 missile system as well as its modifications.

"During tactical exercises with live fire, of which 60 percent of them were held at the Kapustin Yar [Testing Range] at night, problems of perfecting practical skills of the units' command, bringing the military staff on high combat readiness, the organization of joint activity and an overall requalification of military coordination and training for the military personnel was held," the press service said.

The Russian military unit was deployed from its base in Armenia for training.

Russia is currently looking to finalize the delivery of five S-300 missile defense systems to Iran as part of the $800-million deal signed between the countries in 2007.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted an embargo on arms supplies to Iran following a breakthrough in talks to ensure the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear energy program.

The S-300 long-range surface-to-air missiles first entered service in 1978 and have since been at the core of the Soviet Union's and then Russia's anti-air and missile defense.

The system is also used by other former Soviet republics as well as some other European and Asian countries.


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