Russia has expanded the zone of total air and sea control in the Crimea


That in the Crimea after the test in August this year will be allocated new regimental kit anti-aircraft missile system s-400 “Triumph” Friday, July 15, said the chief of staff, Deputy commander of the 18th anti-aircraft missile regiment of the 31st division air defense Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Oleynikov.

“After the initial firings on the basis of Scientific-research test center of air defense of the 4th state Central multipurpose landfill in August 2016 it is planned to dispatch of the accepted equipment to the place of permanent deployment in the city of Feodosia” — he said (quoted by “Interfax”).

Now the airspace of the Peninsula guarding the defense systems of the previous generation s-300 PMU. These complexes of air defence (PVO) was transferred to the Crimea in 2014, after inclusion of the Republic in structure of Russia. In addition to the s-300 PMU appeared in Crimea anti-ship complexes “Ball” and “Bastion”, the su-27 and su-30, RIA Novosti in December 2014, citing a source in law enforcement bodies of Crimea.

S-400 “Triumph” twice as effective. than its predecessor the s-300 PMU, says the chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland”, military expert Viktor murakhovski. Main differences between the two air defense systems — in the range and coverage of fire. If s-300 PMU striking aerodynamic targets at a distance of 150 km, the new air defense system able to achieve the goal, which is 400 km is primarily due to the new long-range missiles that can be put into service the s-400, said murakhovski. Once in the Crimea will be a new weapon in the affected area will be military aircraft AWACS, which puts NATO and are designed to control the airspace of Russia in the Crimea, says the expert.

That special NATO aircraft equipped with early warning system and surveillance AWACS will patrol the airspace of Poland and Romania to obtain data on the situation in Ukraine, it became known from the official report of NATO in March 2014. Aircraft equipped with AWACS, able to detect aircraft at a distance of 400 km outside the coverage area of the majority of rockets land-air.

Another fundamental difference between s-400 “Triumph” s-300 PMU that the new air defense system is almost fully automated — a person can only decide whether to shoot or not, and all the most important engineering, said murakhovski. “It drives almost no human factor and the risk of error,” — said the expert.

Production of modern air defense systems that are able to eliminate targets on the territory of neighboring States, seriously reduces the likelihood of flight in the airspace of the Russian aircraft of the Ukrainian air force, I’m sure the military expert of the Center for strategic market Oleg Valetsky. “It is quite possible, in which the planes of the Ukrainian air force, which considers its territory of Crimea, will be in the event of a crisis situation in the airspace of Russia. When the s-400 such situations to imagine is almost impossible,” — said the Valetsky.

In fact we are talking about the expansion of the absolute air and sea control in the Crimea, said the Valetsky. Agree with him military observer, visiting researcher at University of Uppsala (Sweden) Alexander Goltz. “We are talking about the appearance of areas near the border of Russia, in which Moscow will be able to create a vacuum and space, not allowing to pass the ships,” — says the expert.

Goltz recalled that at the last NATO summit in Warsaw, the participating countries expressed concern that Russia creates an impenetrable zone over large areas, primarily in the Crimea, Kaliningrad and Kamchatka. The summit of heads of state and government of countries — members of NATO was held in Warsaw on 8-9 July, one of the main themes of the summit was to contain Russia. Leaders at the summit, NATO agreed to strengthen support for Ukraine and approved for her comprehensive assistance package to strengthen the defense and security agencies. The Alliance condemned the continued, from his point of view, the destabilisation by Russia of Eastern Ukraine and called on all parties to fully implement the Minsk agreements. Ukraine will assist in 40 areas.

The equipment of the Russian military units in the Crimea with modern air defense systems will be used by the West to Express their concerns, said the expert of the Center for analysis of strategies and technologies Vasily Kashin. In his opinion, the transfer of the Crimea With-400 “Triumph” is a full-time modernization of the Russian air defense, which is still affecting strategically important areas. “But it’s progress, over time, all the Russian air defense will be, and politics here in the first place,” he said.