Russian S-400 and Pantsir-S air defense Systems ‘tracked and launched simulated missiles at control targets’ during Sea Breeze exercises in which Ukraine, the U.S. and other NATO countries that started in the Black Sea Monday.
About 20 aircraft and helicopters, several divisions of the S-400 and Pantsir-S air defense systems conducted a training check in Crimea against the backdrop of the Sea Breeze exercises in the Black Sea, Interfax reported quoting the press service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
"In total, about 20 aircraft and helicopters were involved in the check, including Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft, Su-27 and Su-30SM multipurpose fighters, Su-24M front-line bombers and Mi-8 and Ka-27 helicopters, as well as divisions the S-400 Triumph and Pantsir systems from the Air Force and Air Defense Association of the Southern Military District, "the Russian Black Sea Fleet said on Tuesday.
"During the check, the aviation component performed the task both at the maximum distance from the detection zones of radar stations, and at ultra-low altitudes, using the terrain for cover, which significantly complicated the task for air defense forces,” the report said.
The Russian military said, "The forces of the Black Sea Fleet carried out a set of measures to control the actions of the ships of NATO participating in the Sea Breeze 2021 exercise, which started on June 28, 2021 in the northwestern part of the Black Sea," the statement said.
The Sea Breeze-2021 involves 32 warships, 40 aircraft and 5,000 servicemen from 17 NATO member countries, as well as alliance partners. In total, military personnel from 32 countries are expected to participate.
On June 26, the American missile destroyer USS Ross entered the Black Sea. It can carry up to 56 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1.6 thousand km. The British destroyer Defender and the Dutch frigate Evertsen are also in the Black Sea since June 14.
Last Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the Russian military and border guards opened warning fire at the course of the destroyer Defender, which violated the Russian border in the Black Sea near Cape Fiolent (Crimea).