The anti-aircraft missile complex S-300 is now on combat duty in Polotsk, which is in the north of Belarus. The system is able to see the target at a distance of 150 kilometers and destroy it in a matter of minutes. And it does not matter whether it is a ballistic missile or a drone. Air defense experts say that the sky over Belarus is in good hands.
This is the first time S-300 has been used for the protection of the northern borders of the country. Similar complexes are already guarding the sky near the borders with Poland and Ukraine.
The system, which replaced the less modern equipment, is capable of detecting targets at a distance of 150km and destroy a flying object within a radius of 75km. It will require no more than 2 minutes.
Alexander Astraukh, head of command of anti-aircraft missile troops of the Air Force and Air Defence of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:
This complex allows fighting against both modern and promising means of air attack at all altitudes and speeds.
Oleg Dvigalev, commander of the Air Force and Air Defence of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus:
A with a strong air defense system has in fact a deterrent akin to, say, nuclear weapons (in the state that have it). Belarus has a system of air defense. It is developed and it is being improved. We are on military duty, including as part of the joint regional air defense system.
The anti-aircraft missile complex S-300 in Polotsk is the first to have been placed on combat duty this year. Another three will be put into service in Polotsk, Grodno and Brest in 2016. This was made possible thanks to military-tactical cooperation between Belarus and Russia. And this is just one example. The high level of military partnership strengthens both collective and national security of the two countries.