Full Coverage: Russia Upgrades Its Air Defense Shield to Strikingly New Level
Russia's air defense systems have improved significantly over the past few years, Russian TV host Dmitry Kiselev said in his program on Russia's Rossiya 1 news network.In his program Vesti Nedeli (News of the Week), broadcast by Russia's Rossiya 1 news network, TV host Dmitry Kiselev specifically focused on Russia's air and missile defense systems, which he said have been bolstered considerably over the past several years.
Kiselev recalled that "in the early 2000s, Russia's air defenses were locally installed, with only major economic and military facilities being protected by these systems at the time."
However, the situation had drastically changed by 2015, according to him.
These include the Pantsir-S1 short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system and the S-400, which is equipped with missiles capable of firing at both very-long-range, medium-range and short-range targets.
Since 2012, the number of anti-aircraft missile troops has doubled in Russia, which can also be said of forces responsible for the Missile Attack Warning System. Crimea's reunification with Russia allowed the country "to close all the holes" in Russia's radar field.
In addition, all-weather supersonic MiG-31BM fighters are entering service with the Russian Aerospace Forces.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, for his part, noted that before the end of this year, Russia will complete the protection of the country's territory with missile systems "both on land and at sea."