In a sign of the Kremlin’s increasing hostility toward NATO’s missile defense system, Moscow has begun deploying its most advanced surface-to-air missiles, the SA-21 Growler or S-400 Triumph, at its Baltic Fleet base in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania.
SA-21 Growler is a highly sophisticated, long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system capable of intercepting and destroying targets within a range of 250 miles and an altitude of more than 18 miles.
This is the third such SA-21 Growler battery installation. The other two are in Russia’s Far East.
Moscow considers the missile system so essential to its defense that it will not allow the weapon to be exported anytime soon.