Russian army to get long-range missiles for S-400 air defense systems in 2015

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New missiles for S-400 Triumf air defense systems capable of destroying medium-range ballistic missiles in the near-earth space will become operational in the Russian Armed Forces this year, a source in the country’s defense and industrial sector told TASS on Thursday.

“The state trials of the new standard long-range missile for S-400 systems are planned to be completed no later than May-June, after which it will be put into service,” the source said.

“Its main distinction from the missiles currently used by our S-300 and S-400 systems is that it has a ‘clever warhead’ and improved combat characteristics, which enable it to hit medium-range ballistic missiles in the near-earth space,” the source said.

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