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MOSCOW, November 30 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has made an entry in his microblog in the Twitter social network about the commissioning of the Voronezh-DM-class radar as part of the missile warning system in Kaliningrad Region. "The radar in Kaliningrad has been made operational," the entry reads.
The radar went on duty earlier than planned on Tuesday following Medvedev's statement in connection with the situation concerning the US ABM system in Europe. The President also assigned the Defence Ministry to decide on the remaining outstanding matters relating to the functioning of this radar.
Radars of this series are Russian-made factory-assembled over-the-horizon, long-range warning facilities. They feature a short deployment time at new location and a smaller crew compared with radars of previous generations, as well as redeployment opportunities in case of necessity.
In addition, Voronezh-DM functions in decimal waveband, which provides for higher accuracy. Its energy consumption is lower by 40 percent, and it utilizes less equipment than previous models. The range of Voronezh-dm reaches 6,000 kilometers.
At present, similar facilities are on experimental and combat duty in Armavir and the Leningrad region (village of Lekhtusi). In 2012, another Vornozeh-DM radar will be commissioned in the Irkutsk region.
The Kaliningrad radar was built to improve the missile warning system in Russia's northeastern air/space direction and covers the western sector, which was monitored by the stations in Mukachyovo and Baranovichi in Soviet times.