The Russian Navy will deploy batteries of BUK missiles in Crimea to protect its Black Sea Fleet against NATO drones and cruise missiles in the area.

Military experts believe that the BUK’s, along with the S-300 and S-400 missile systems already stationed in Crimea will effectively secure the airspace over the peninsula and the Black Sea.

The BUK-2 features a new missile and new third generation phased array fire control radar, which can track 24 targets and engage four targets simultaneously.

The BUK-2 missile is capable of shooting down planes and UAV’s up to 45 km away, cruise- and ballistic missiles up to 20 km away, and even high altitude strategic spy planes flying @ an altitude of 25 km.

Batteries of BUK missiles also guarded the airspace over Sochi and surrounding areas during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Sputnik / AA Magnum News 2017.

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