Ukraine Deploys Soviet-era S-300V1 Missiles System In Luhansk Region

Ukrainian military is moving rare 9A83-1 S-300V1 air defense systems at the front line. One of these systems was deployed in the Luhansk region. 

S-300V is a series of universal, multi-channel anti-aircraft missile systems used by former Soviet republic, including Ukraine. The installation was developed within the framework of the unified air defense system S-300 since 1969 to replace the 2K11 Krug air defense system in the Soviet ground forces.

The S-300V was put into service in 1988 just three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The S-300V is designed to defend important military facilities, groupings of troops and administrative and industrial centers from attacks by all types of aircraft and helicopters, cruise missiles, other aerodynamic air attack weapons, aeroballistic and ballistic missiles for operational-tactical purposes.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, two military units were based in Ukraine, armed with S-300V1 complexes. In 2012, the units were disbanded, and the complexes were sent for storage. Since the beginning of the war in 2014 installation reopened. As for the range of the S-300V1, it depends on the type of missiles are used. The Ukrainian Armed Forces most likely use a missile that can hit targets at a distance of up to 100 km. 

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