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New S-400 missiles to protect Kola Peninsula

Russia's most sophisticated missile system will soon be deployed in the Kola Peninsula.

Russia deploys its newest and most advanced anti-aircraft missile system, the S-400, near the borders to Norway and Finland.

Servicemen from Murmansk are now in the south Russian Astrakhan region for training and testing of the new system. After the training, the S-400 will be incorporated in the missile forces of the Kola Peninsula, a press release from the Russian Armed Forces reads.

With the new system, the missile forces of the region will add range and powers to its already well-equipped weapon arsenal. The S-400 can simultaniously hit up to 36 targets with a total of 72 missiles. It can neutralize enemy aircrafts at a up to 240 km distance and enemy missiles at 60 km distance, Wikipedia informs.

The S-400, an upgrade of the S-300 family, is the new generation Russian anti-aircraft weapon system developed by the Almaz Central Design Bureau. Russia currently has a total of 16 divisions with S-400 systems, based in six different regions. Each of the divisions have eight S-400 systems.

Murmansk Oblast today has six bases of the Russian Missile Forces, located in Polyarny, Kola, Murmansk, Mochegorsk, Olenegorsk and Polyarnye Zori. Several of them are equipped with the S-300 systems. 

The S-400 is known as SA-21 Growler in NATO terminology.