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Russia receives first S-350 as it explores export opportunities

6th March 2020 - 14:30 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have accepted their first Almaz-Antey S-350 Vityaz surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

The initial unit was handed over on 26 February to the VKS SAM Forces Training Centre at Gatchina near St Petersburg. Here the S-350 will be used for practical training of the crews that will operate the system, which will be delivered to frontline VKS units from 2021 onwards.

Final field tests for the S-350 were reportedly completed in 2019, and the new highly automated SAM system was accepted in service by the Russian MoD on 22 December that year.

Russian MoD sources indicated

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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