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MOSCOW, September 7 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko came to Pionersky, Kaliningrad region, on Friday to monitor the functioning of a Voronezh-M missile attack warning radar station, which was put into service by a presidential ordinance in November 2011, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Itar-Tass.
“The commander inspected the radar station’s trial run by duty officers, the functioning of the radar armaments and hardware and preparations of the radar, barracks and officers’ homes for the winter season, he said.
“The commander pays regular visits to key sites of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces for exercising personal control over the current operation of military units’ command, analyzing and solving problems and ensuring the efficient accomplishment of missions,” Zolotukhin said.
“The deployment of new-generation radar stations in Russia is a key area of the development of the Aerospace Defense Forces. A Voronezh-M radar station was put on combat duty in the Leningrad region in February 2012. Another Voronezh-M station started the trial run in Irkutsk this May. Preparations for state tests of a Voronezh-DM radar station near Armavir, Krasnodar territory, are underway. It is planned to put the Armavir radar station on combat duty in the first quarter of 2013,” he said.
“More radar stations will be built in Russia within the next few years to ensure the incessant control of all potentially dangerous vectors,” Zolotukhin said.