In 2019, the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will conduct four military exercises with combat shooting from the Buk-M1, S-125, and S-300P / PT / V1 anti-aircraft missile systems. It is reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
"The divisions will be called up to the area of combat training tasks suddenly, with standard armament and military equipment. Of course, the situation will look more than realistic. And that is the main task, "said the head of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force Command Colonel Yuriy Stavsky.
The first combat shooting of anti-aircraft missile systems will take place as early as this month at the Yahorlyk training ground in the Kherson region near the occupied Crimea.
In addition, anti-aircraft missile specialists will take part in the testing of new missile weapons and will carry out research launches of anti-aircraft guided missiles as part of research projects.
The Command of the Air Force of Ukraine declares that the intensive training of anti-aircraft missile forces is associated with threats from the Russian Federation, which continues the militarization of the occupied Crimea and places more and more aviation weapons on airfields near the borders with Ukraine.
"We are forced to constantly increase the combat capabilities of the anti-aircraft missile forces units. This year, the military units will continue to receive reconstructed and modernized complexes of various modifications such as the S-300, S-125, and Buk. The defense industry continues to build domestic air defense missiles, which will come to replace obsolete weapons of Soviet production," the head of the anti-aircraft missile forces noted.