MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Enemy Su-27s attack Triumf S-400 air defense systems in the Kaliningrad region. After receiving the signal of intent, the S-400 squadron deployed and blocked the Su-27 attack by identifying and intercepting the surface-to-air missile. These operations are not specific, but training exercises conducted by the Baltic Fleet in the Kaliningrad region.
Su-27s part of enemy aircraft
Exercise given on March 28. The main purpose was to support the ability of anti-aircraft defense batteries against air attack. The entire phalanx of weapons from the S-400 Triumf deployed strategic reaction methods at the moment of receiving a signal “from an enemy vehicle in the airspace”. As is already clear, Russian Su-27s were sent to attack parts of the enemy forces in the Kaliningrad region.
The S-400 fires phantom surface-to-air missiles. According to the report of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, all targets were intercepted and destroyed.
This is not the first exercise to take place in March. On April 10, Russia’s Baltic Fleet conducted another exercise simulating airstrikes and dogfights in the Kaliningrad region with Su-30 fighters. It is reported that at least 10 fighters of this model took part in the exercise. A few days later, the Pacific Fleet conducted an anti-ship missile strike exercise 100 kilometers away in Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan.
Exercises in Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad is an important administrative city of Russia, but also a key strategic military position of the Russian Federation. The city is conveniently located between Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. The main base of the Baltic fleet of the Russian Federation is located in this city. Notable stores of land and air are also located in the city.
These forces protect the Kaliningrad region and extend Russia’s land-based air and sea denial capabilities, which also extend A2/AD in the Baltic Sea and the surrounding region. The population of the country is not more than half a million and it is a “thorn in the side” for NATO’s military strategy, mainly because of its location.
Russian planners are using Kaliningrad to counter the expansion of NATO’s missile defense system. S-400 batteries sailed the country ten years ago. Later, Russia decided to add the Iskander short-range missile system to them. It was the deployment of these two systems that led to the first talk of war between Russia and NATO sometime in 2014.
Moscow sends a signal to the West
There are still no information about the exercises held in the Baltic region. Some Eastern military experts believe that Moscow is sending a signal to the West that Russia is ready or preparing for “close action.”
A remarkable fact must be noted: years ago he began to retire from Moscow [aunque no completamente] to replace its S-300 air defense systems with the S-400 precisely in the Kaliningrad region. This is important from the point of view of the activity of both systems. Unlike the S-300, the S-400 can take a wider range of action to fulfill certain needs.
For example, depending on the air threat, the S-400 can use different missiles in each of its four missile tubes. The missile system can fire to destroy the target at 250 km, 120 km or at the shortest distance of 40 km.
However, the S-400 can not only meet different threats from a distance, but also different threats from the air. In addition to standard air threats, the S-400 can use stealth technologies and electronic warfare systems used by NATO. That is, anti-NDE calls [contramedidas electrónicas].
The S-400 deploys in five minutes. S-400 missiles can hit targets in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The S-400 is perhaps the best air defense system in the world, but it has its drawbacks. According to experts, the deficits are in place. Not being positioned very high, the radar has a hard time detecting targets above the horizon. To overcome this problem, the radar must be mounted on a high structure. Based on its operational capabilities, the S-400 can simultaneously engage 16 aerial targets.