Russia will deploy its most advanced S-400 air defense systems to the Crimean peninsula in August, a military official said Friday.


S-400 Triumph air defense system


Russia is currently using its older S-300 systems there.


“In August 2016 the (S-400) systems are expected to be unloaded in Feodosia where they will be permanently located,” Yevgeny Oleinikov, deputy commander of the Russian army’s 18th surface-to-air missile regiment, told RIA Novosti state news agency, referring to an eastern Crimean town.


The S-400 “Triumph” systems are Russia’s most modern anti-aircraft and missile defense systems. The system can track some 300 targets and shoot down around three dozen simultaneously over a range of several hundred kilometers.