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Russia plans to deploy one of its best air defense systems, the S-400 Triumf to Crimea in August. The regiment that will protect the skies over the Black Sea peninsula from NATO’s “air hooligans,” as Crimea’s Vice Premier Ruslan Balbek put it, will be stationed in the port town of Feodosia.
The S-400 complex will become a welcome addition to Crimea’s multilayered air defense structure that contains among over things the S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) long range surface-to-air missile system.
The S-400 will serve as a major deterrent for “air hooligans from NATO’s air force,” Balbek told RIA Novosti. “The sheer fact that the most advanced air defense missile system will be installed on [the peninsula] will keep all NATO air forces based in the Black Sea on the edge of their seats.”
Balbek also mentioned that sending enemy aircraft to violate Crimean airspace would be essentially a suicide mission. “Without doubt, NATO has brave pilots, but there are no suicide pilots among them.”