13:19 Jul. 27, 2016
Kremlin continues building up its military capabilities in Black Sea peninsula
Russian state-owned arms producer Almaz-Antey will open weapons and military hardware maintenance and repair facilities in Sevastopol (Ukraine's Crimea annexed by Russia).
"The estimated total cost of the projects is nearly USD 2 million (120 million rubles). We hope that our project will help develop the region, strengthen its defense capacities and launch other initiatives of the sort," Almaz-Antey CEO Yan Novikov said, Russia's state-run news agency TASS reports.
According to him, the service centre will be located in close proximity to units of Russia's Air Defence Forces and Black Sea Fleet stationed in Sevastopol. This should simplify maintenance and repair of (military) systems which are already placed on the Black Sea peninsula.
The centre will be unveiled on 31 July to mark Russia's Navy Day. The repair shop should start operating in September this year.
Ukrainian media earlier reported that Kremlin will deploy advanced missiles S-400 Triumph to Crimea in August.
S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missiles are Russia's most modern long-range antiaircraft systems that has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. The S-400 can strike targets at a distance of 400 km with maximum target speed of 4.8 km per second, and at an altitude of up to 30 km.
The systems are manufactured and delivered by Almaz-Antey, as ordered by Russia's Defence Minsitry equipping the 18th anti-aircraft missile regiment.
Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia.
Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".
A Russian S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems launcher is seen in Elektrostal, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 (AP Photo)