Construction of New Russian Antimissile Radar Under way

Global Security Newswire Staff
Aug. 13, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

On Tues­day, Rus­sia will be­gin build­ing a radar sys­tem that is to be­come part of a na­tion­wide net­work for early warn­ing in the event of a bal­list­ic mis­sile at­tack, RIA Nov­osti re­por­ted.

Rus­sia has been plan­ning to con­struct three new Vor­onezh-class radars since Janu­ary as an ad­di­tion to an ex­tens­ive net­work of launch-alert sys­tems. The net­work will be com­pleted by 2020, Col. Alexey Zo­lo­tukh­in said to re­port­ers on Monday.

The na­tion already boasts four Vor­onezh-class radar sta­tions, but only two are cur­rently on com­bat duty, ac­cord­ing to the wire ser­vice. One radar, loc­ated in the west­ern re­gion of Krasnodar, was ac­tiv­ated in early June. The two oth­er sys­tems are still un­der­go­ing op­er­a­tions test­ing.

The first of the three ad­di­tion­al sys­tems will be built in west-cent­ral Rus­sia in the town of Orsk, RIA Nov­osti re­por­ted. The oth­er two radars are to be con­struc­ted in the Krasno­y­arsk and Al­tai re­gions in cent­ral Rus­sia, ac­cord­ing to Zo­lo­tukh­in.

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