Russia deploys S-400 missile systems in Belarus to conduct exercise near Ukraine border

Russia deploys S-400 missile systems in Belarus to conduct exercise near Ukraine border

According to a video published by the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on February 3, 2022, Russia confirms the arrival of S-400 air defense missile systems in Belarus and will conduct military training exercises in a training ground area in the Brest region, near the border with Ukraine. 

Citing information from the Russian MoD, the S-400 air defense missile systems will be deployed in a training ground area in the Brest region which is located in the southwestern part of Belarus, bordering the Podlasie and Lublin regions of Poland on the west, the Volyn Oblast and Rivne Oblast of Ukraine on the south, the Grodno Region and Minsk Region on the north, and Gomel Region on the east.

The Russian S-400 will conduct training exercises in the framework of the Unified Regional Air Defense System of Belarus and Russia with the goal to strengthen the Russian-Belarusian Union State’s Unified Regional Air-Defense System (URADS).

Russia’s defense ministry reported in January 2022, that it was transferring of two battalions of the air defense missile system S-400 Triumf from Russia’s Eastern Military District’s Air Force and Air Defense Army to Belarus. The missile systems will participate in Belarus’ and Russia’s recently announced military exercises “Allied Resolve”.

The S-400 is a long-range air defense missile system that is designed to intercept cruise missiles, tactical ballistic missiles, stealth aircraft, and electronic warfare aircraft. The system is considered the most modern and powerful air defense system in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces.

The S-400 is a semi-mobile air defense missile system and all the components are based on truck chassis. Different platforms and launching vehicles in the system are carried by trucks. They are deployed and installed at an appropriate position to start operating. A system comprised of these different platforms can be integrated into the air defense command control network, to share the target data obtained and use the information from it.

The S-400 Triumf is able to destroy cruise missiles and other types of missiles, including precision-guided ones, as well as AWACS aircraft, at ranges of up to 400 km. It can also detect stealth aircraft and other targets at all altitudes of up to 30 km and at a maximum range of 400 km. This air defense missile system can simultaneously engage 36 targets.

An S-400 battery includes a 30K6E battle command system, up to 6 TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher) vehicles each with four missiles ready to be fired. There is also a 55K6E command control unit and 91N6E search radar which has a range of around 600 km.

The aerial threats are detected by the 91N6E radar and tracked by 92N6E engagement and launching control radar. Citing open sources information, the 92N6E radar has a range of around 340 km.

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