US military has acquired Russian S-300 air defense systems

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A 30N6 fire control system and semi-trailer arrangements of 5P85 Transporter Erector Launchers (TEL) can be seen in satellite imagery of a U.S. military range. All these vehicles are part of the S-300PT surface-to-air missile system. (Source: twitter)

The United States has allegedly acquired the Russian-made S-300 air defense systems, media reports have claimed based on satellite imagery shared on Twitter.

The photo was originally released by a military enthusiast on May 1 whose Twitter account was subsequently deleted. It shows elements of Russian S-300PT surface-to-air missile system at a military range in the United States.

S-300P surface to air missile batteries

S-300PТ system is designed for the defensive purpose of administrative, industrial and military buildings and objects against all kind air attacks.

It was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979. The project-managing developer of the S-300 is Russian Almaz corporation. The S-300 air defense systems have been delivered to a number of countries including China, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Syria and Slovakia.

The U.S. military is said to be using Russian-style air defense systems during training exercises. It uses styled or real combat vehicles and air defense systems to add extra realism to various exercises, according to online military magazine Defence Blog.

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