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26 Aug, 2009 09:24

S-400 anti-missiles to shoot down failing North Korean rockets

A contingent of state-of-art air defense missiles S-400 has been deployed in Russia’s Far East to monitor North Korea’s missile launches and intervene in case they threaten Russia.

“We are taking preventative measures to secure ourselves from misfired missiles and to make absolutely sure their debris does not fall on Russian territory,” Head of Russian General Staff, Nikolay Markov, told journalists.

The deployment was in response to an increased number of test launches by the North Korean military is late May and June. Since one of the testing ranges is close to the Russian border, Markov said the move was needed in order to safeguard from possible mishaps, adding that S-400s “can be used” for this purpose.

The S-400 “Triumph” (NATO disambiguation SA-21 Growler) is an advanced air and missile defense system with a range of 400km, designed to repel a massive aerial attack. It can track and destroy several targets with speeds of up to 4,800 meters per second at altitudes up to 30km.