Russia has deployed six Pantsir-S short-range air defence systems to safeguard the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014, a senior military official said.
“We will do everything possible to accomplish the task of protecting the Russian airspace along the southern borders and to ensure security during the Winter Olympics,” Major General Viktor Gumenny, commander of air defence troops of the Russian Air Force, said Sunday.
Gumenny said the Pantsir-S air defence systems will be initially sent to the Ashuluk firing range in southern Russia to ensure the proper training of their crew during the next two months.
The Pantsir-S is a combined gun-missile system featuring a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range surface-to-air missiles.
The Sochi Games are slated for Feb 7-23 in 2014.