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Russia to place outer space control complexes in Altai, Far East, Buryatia and Crimea

November 26, 2016, 21:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"This will be a chain of next-generation specialized radio-electronic surveillance complexes," Andrei Ivashina, a deputy chief of the space segment of the Russian Aerospace Force said
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MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. Novel complexes of the Russian sysem of outer space control will be placed in the Altai Mountains, in the Far East of Russia, in the East Siberian region of Buryatia and in Crimea, Col Andrei Ivashina, a deputy chief of the space segment of the Russian Aerospace Force in charge of spaceflight testing said on Saturday.

"A chain of novel complexes of the system of outer space control will be installed in Russia in the next few years," he said on the General Staff show of the Life#Zvuk (Russian News Service) radio.

"This will be a chain of next-generation specialized radio-electronic surveillance complexes," he said. "Apart from the Altai, complexes of this kind will be installed in other parts of Russia in the Far East, in (the East-Siberian region of) Buryatia and in Crimea."

The main difference between the new complexes and the currently functioning instruments for outer space control is that they have new hardware components.

"It enabled us to increase their combat capability manifold compared with the complexes of earlier generations," Col Ivashina said. "Their commissioning will make it possible for the Russian Aerospace Force to control terrestrial space at all inclination rates and in the maximum altitude range," he said.

The outer space control system is an integral element of Russian aerospace defenses. It is a data processing system incorporating specialized interfaced components designated to do a never-stopping global assessment of the situation in outer space in times of peace and during military hostilities. To expand the zone of embrace of the system, the Aerospace Force is modernizing the instruments already in operation and creating novel specialized technologies with enhanced properties.

Specialists of the Aerospace Force control more than 80% of the Russian orbital grouping, which numbers 150 or so space vehicles, Col Andrei Ivashina said.

"The Russian orbital grouping has about 150 probes at present and 80% of them are under control of the Herman Titov Main Center for Spaceflight Testing," he said.

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