MOSCOW, April 8. / TASS /. Anti-aircraft missile system S-400 began to get adopted missiles capable of destroying targets in near space, said Saturday on the radio station " Echo of Moscow " the commander of the air and missile defense - Deputy Chief of the Russian VKS Lieutenant-General Viktor Gumennyy.
"Of course, maybe today finishes development work, we have recently accepted a new rocket that will enable us to work even in near space, at long distances and at high speeds," - he said, commenting on the possibility of destroying objects at these altitudes using S-400 systems.
S-400 "Triumph" - anti-aircraft missile system of long-range, put into service in 2007. It is designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range, and can be used against ground targets.
Victor Gumennyy also said that the share of modern weapons and military equipment forces air and missile defense Russia to January 1, 2018 will amount to almost 70%.
"Today on the anti-aircraft missile troops, we have about 55% (of modern weapons - approx Tass.), On radio engineering troops - around 53%, to (the target level - approx Tass.) January 1, 2018 there are very few we believe. that under the state defense order for 100% on January 1, 2018 in our anti-aircraft missile troops and radio-technical troops share of modern weapons and military equipment close to 70%, that is, we go even ahead of schedule, "- he said.
The general said that in radio engineering troops share of modern weapons and military equipment will be at 66%, and anti-aircraft missile troops - 68%.
"By 1 January 2021, ie at the end of 2020, of course, we will carry out the decision of the Supreme Commander and the Minister of Defense and in the Army air and missile defense share of modern weapons is not less than 70%", - said Gumennyy.
According to him, combat ready by this date will be 95-97% of all equipment.
Flying over Moscow
Lieutenant-General noted that aerospace forces of the Russian Federation are able to track the aircraft over the Russian capital at the height of 100 or more.
"If earlier we radar field in the Moscow area of responsibility of air defense the border was at the level of 400-600 meters, while today we have established a continuous radar field - 100 and even below 100 meters," - said the general.
According to him, the experience gained will be used in other regions of the country.
"Keys to Heaven"
Gumennyy also said that six foreign teams will participate in this year's competition in the defense, "Keys to Heaven."
"This year we connected Algeria, Iran, and Armenia, so it will be much more difficult," - he told reporters.
In addition, the competition will be attended by teams from China, Belarus, Kazakhstan.
The general said that now the army is preparing for the All-Army stage of the competition "The keys to the sky", which will determine the best Russian combat crews of anti-aircraft missile systems S-400, S-300PM, S-300PS,
armored anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Pantsir- FROM". They will represent our country at the international competition "The keys to the sky-2017".
"We took into account the peculiarities of the competition in 2016, and I promise that this year it will be more dynamic and spectacular," - said the general.
According Gumenny, videoconferencing Russia must be prepared not only for defensive, but also offensive to defend the air space of the country.
"The specifics of Russia's geostrategic position is that the main threat to its military security are groups of air and space attack foreign countries. The experience of military conflicts of the last decades shows that a defensive war problems can not be solved. It is typical for the aerospace sphere of armed struggle "- Gumennyy said.
According to him, in connection with the Russian aerospace defense must be an active, mobile and carry the offensive nature. "This means that you need not only to destroy the means of aerospace attack during the flight, but also hit the aircraft on the ground, destroying carriers enemy precision weapons, including surface ships and submarines, to suppress enemy air control system, reduce the effectiveness of the constellation cosmic enemy units, "- said Lieutenant General.
He recalled that FSI is a branch of the armed forces, able to conduct both a defensive and offensive actions. "In this case, under the unified leadership to solve a wide range of tasks for the protection of our country against attack from the air and space, the defeat of enemy targets, launch and management of military spacecraft," - said Gumennyy.
Deputy Commander of the Russian VKS told reporters that anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM), S-500 entered service in the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation in the near future.
"Air Defense Forces carried out a massive re-equip troops with new air defense system. It is already widely known not only in our country but also abroad complexes" Carapace-C "and C-400. And in the near future is expected inflow anti-aircraft missile systems S-350 "Hero" and S-500, a number of promising radar "- Gumennyy said.
According to him, all the complexes and radars designed on modern element base, with maximum automation of all processes and operations of fighting work and, consequently, high combat effectiveness, combined with ease of use and maintenance.