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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sochi Games Get Air Defense Offer

The military on Monday deployed new air defense missiles that Air Force chief Alexander Zelin said could be used to protect the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Zelin said he already proposed using the S-400 missile defense system to provide security for the Games.

"The organizing committee will prepare the city for the Olympics, while we will prepare air defense systems and ensure the security of the Games," Zelin said, Interfax reported.

The S-400 is capable of hitting aerial targets at ranges up to 400 kilometers and altitude of up to 30 kilometers, far exceeding the capabilities of its predecessor, the S-300, news reports said. The first S-400 units -- which each include a missile launcher, a radar system and a control vehicle -- were put on combat duty Monday outside Moscow.

Zelin and other officials boasted the new system's ability to engage difficult targets, such as ballistic missile warheads and stealth aircraft.

Asked whether the S-400 could also be used in a joint missile defense system with European nations, Zelin said, "If relevant directives and orders are received, we'll take up this task and work on it."