Russia deploys S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in Crimea, seen in new satellite images

Russia deploys S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in Crimea, seen in new satellite images
Aerial shot of Dzhankoy airbase (Image: Fox News video screen grab)

[Ed. – Tensions increase between Russia and Ukraine]

Satellite images shot Sunday and exclusively obtained by Fox News show a newly deployed Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile battery in the Dzhankoy airbase in Crimea.

The intelligence report by ImageSat International indicates that the infrastructure for the S-400 battery was prepared in recent months, a long time before last weekend’s naval encounters that sparked new tension between Russia and Ukraine.

The images showed a bare ground in April 2018, and construction by November 10 – two weeks before the recent escalation.

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The image captured Sunday confirms the deployment. The eight launchers of the S-400 battery are divided into four, which are located in the southwest area of the airbase — as well as two radar systems and several trucks nearby. One of them is suspected to carry S-400 missiles.

The mobile S-400 missile has a range of up to almost 250 miles and can climb to an altitude of almost 19 miles. It’s intended to bring down a variety of aerial threats, from aircraft to cruise and ballistic missiles.

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