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2019.10.31 16:00

Russia deploys additional air defences in Kaliningrad

BNS, LRT.lt2019.10.31 16:00

Russia’s Baltic Fleet has deployed Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile systems across from the Lithuanian border in Kaliningrad, according to the fleet’s press release.

Russia has used the Tor-M2 systems since 2015, which have a range of 15 kilometres and a maximum altitude of 10 kilometres.

In September, US Air Forces in Europe Commander Jeff Harrigian said the US has a plan to take down Kaliningrad’s air defence system, according to Breaking Defense.

“If we have to go in there to take down, for instance, the Kaliningrad IADS [Integrated Air Defense System], let there be no doubt we have a plan to go after that,” he told reporters during the 2019 Air, Space & Cyber Conference in the US.

The statement was crticised by the Russian Foreign Ministry. "Firstly we consider this a threat. Secondly, we consider such statements to be absolutely irresponsible," said Russian MFA spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

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