Russia is bolstering its military presence on NATO’s borders by sending advanced S-400 Triumf (NATO designation: SA-21 Growler) medium/long-range mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.
After the announcement of a deployment of American vehicles to six NATO countries, Russia responds aggressively by sending its latest SAM system.
Many argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin first responded to the possibility of an American deployment by acquiring 40 new ICBM. However, they were already planned when Russia launched its State Armaments Program Through 2020, a project worth more than 20 trillion rubles. More than 400 ICBM will be acquired to replace ageing Soviet-era ballistic missiles.
Russia’s Western Military District will also receive unspecified amount of Pantsir-S gun-missile air defense systems. Capable of destroying enemy aircraft, cruise missiles and high-precision weapons, the Pantsir-S will most likely be deployed to reinforce security around Russian installations alongside NATO’s borders.
The two additions to the Western Military District’s air defense unit will greatly boost Russia’s capabilities to counter incoming aircraft and will work as a ‘flexing muscles’ strategic deployment.
Sputnik reported that Western Military District spokesman, Col. Oleg Kochetkov, confirmed the deployment will be complete by the end of 2015.
“Modern S-400 Triumf long-range air defense systems and Pantsir-S gun-missile air defense systems will be put in service with air defense units of the Western Military District by the end of this year,” Kochetkov said.”
Although NATO and Russia are saying they are not being dragged in a weapons race, the deployment of state-of-the-art equipment to each other’s borders is definitely a move towards it.
We are witnessing an escalation of forces and the result of failed diplomacy.