Russian missile manufacturer Almaz Antei will build a new air defense systems plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region by 2015, regional industry minister Vladimir Nefyodov said on Monday.
“It will be a modern enterprise that will be able to manufacture advanced products,” he said. “Financial resources have been provided for the purpose and the work going according to schedule.”
The ministry said in 2011 that the plant will go into operation before the end of 2013.
The minister gave no reason for the delay.
Almaz Antei manufactures S-300 and S-400 Triumph surface to air missile (SAM) systems among other products.
Russia has deployed a battalion of S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems at a Baltic Fleet base in the exclave of Kaliningrad, the Izvestia daily reported on Monday.
This is the third base to deploy an S-400 battalion. The other two are located in the Moscow region.
Air Force chief of staff Major General Viktor Bondarev said in mid-March that one S-400 battalion was currently being deployed at Nakhodka [Russia’s Far East].
By 2020, Russia is to have 28 S-400 regiments, each comprised of two battalions, mainly in maritime and border areas.
The S-400 Triumph long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system can effectively engage any aerial target, including aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles at up to 400 kilometers and an altitude of up to 30 kilometers.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said there are no plans so far to export the S-400, which will be produced only for the Russian Armed Forces.