News radar stations in Russia: everything under control

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News radar stations in Russia: everything under control
Published 25-04-2013, 11:49
Russia is actively modernizing its early warning system to prevent missile attacks. Putting the Voronezh radar, located near the city of Armavir, on stand-by and the construction of a whole network of similar facilities in other regions is set for 2013. With their help, Russia’s Defence Ministry plans to compensate for the losses this country sustained because Russia’s radar stations in Azerbaijan and Ukraine were shut down.

According to the Defence Ministry, the creation of an effective system covering Russia’s territory is on the immediate plans. They would be able to detect air-, sea-, and ground-based objects posing a threat to national security. What is meant here are not only missiles that can take off from U.S. territory or the world oceans, but also from the countries contiguous to Russia and from many other countries as well.

Modern radar stations are already working in Kaliningrad in the north-western part of Russia and in Irkutsk in Siberia. Soon they will appear in other cities as well. A module design makes it possible to launch them within the shortest time possible. The Voronezh -type radars are more economical and can be easily modernized. And as regards the old radars, it was impossible to use them in real-time. In an interview with the Voice of Russia a military expert, Oleg Ivannikov, said that new principles were used in the construction of new radar stations. They are more modern regarding a number of important parameters, as compared with the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan that was closed last December.

Specialists say that the Voronezh-type radars are superior not only to the Russian military hardware of the former generation, which is natural, but also to their equivalents in the USA. The family of the new radar stations is a success for the Russian science and industry, Editor-in-Chief of the "Arsenal Otechestva” magazine Viktor Murakhovsky says, adding that all their developments and their production are fully Russian. This has made it possible to raise the efficiency of the early warning system. These radars can work in several regimes. Long-range radars make it possible to detect the launch of a ballistic missile at a long distance. The second regime is more accurate because it makes it possible to predict both a missile trajectory and a point of strike.

 

It would be good to mention here that Russia’s radar stations in Kazakhstan and Belarus will be seriously modernized soon. Other means of defence that must protect Russia against a possible strike are being actively put into operation. The S-500 systems meant for fighting against possible means of attack, including hypersonic means, will be put in place in a year and a half.
 
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