The General spoke about the development of Russian anti-aircraft missile troops

Anti-aircraft missile troops (SMP) recently developed ahead of time, their tasks become more complicated, weapons are constantly improving, responding to the development of means of air attack, including those that will appear in the future, said Wednesday RIA Novosti former head of the anti-aircraft missile troops Russian air force Lieutenant General Alexander Gorkov.

Sixty years ago, July 8, 1960, was based anti-aircraft missile troops. On this day in the office of the chief of air defense forces of the USSR introduced a new post – the commander of anti-aircraft missile air defense forces.

The General said that today the SMP actively adopt new anti-aircraft missile system of medium-range and long-range s-400 short-range missile and gun ad "Pantsir-S (SM)" and the modernization of existing systems of medium-range s-300PM that can destroy various air targets, including hitting the warheads of ballistic missiles.

"Modern means of air attack give a few seconds for the decision, therefore, to control missile weapons are used extensively in automated control systems. They get information from radio-technical troops, planes and ships of the radar patrol and guidance, process it and automatically give the source data for decision-making in a combat situation," said the General.

He recalled that the first combat test of the anti-aircraft missile took place on 1 may 1960, when anti-aircraft missile system s-75, were then armed, was shot down the spy plane Lockheed U-2 American pilot Francis powers in the skies over Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).

The General said that the weapons, which are equipped with anti-aircraft missile troops showed their high efficiency in dozens of hot spots around the world, "pioneers of anti-aircraft missile systems s-75 during the Vietnam war, the C-125 in the middle East in Egypt."

The General recalled that in 1998, the air defense forces and air force were converted into a single view of Armed forces — air force (VVS) in 2015 through the merger of the military-air forces and aerospace defense shaped the aerospace forces (VKS).