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Three advanced early warning radars enter service in Russia

December 20, 2017, 2:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

This brings the overall number of Voronezh radars on duty to seven

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Voronezh-type radar

Voronezh-type radar

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Three Voronezh-type early warning radars entered combat duty in Russia, the commander of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, Col. Gen. Alexander Golovko, said in an interview published on Wednesday.

"For the first time in history of the Russian Federation’s armed forces, three advanced Voronezh-type radars of the early warning system <…> entered combat duty simultaneously, in respective areas," he said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

The new radars were deployed in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk and Altai regions and the Orenburg Region in southern Urals.

This brings the overall number of Voronezh radars on duty to seven. Until recently, four new Voronezh radars were in operation: near Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, East Siberia’s Irkutsk region and South Russia’s Krasnodar region.

The missile early warning system is designed to get and provide data on missile launches and missile trajectories to state and military governance posts to warn about a missile attack. The system also provides data on space objects for outer space control. Russia’s new-generation Voronezh radars make the basis of the country’s ground-based missile early warning system.

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