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Russia to upgrade radar in Kazakhstan involved in testing Moscow’s missile defense

August 26, 2014, 12:20 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In 1981 through 1991 the radar was used on more than 300 occasions for launches of ballistic missiles during tests of warheads and missile defense penetration complexes
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MOSCOW, August 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is upgrading the experimental radar Neman-P, located in Kazakhstan at the Sary-Shagan test site, which is part of the Kapustin Yar proving ground. The work is to be completed by 2016, Defense Ministry’s strategic missile force spokesman, Major Dmitry Andreyev, has told ITAR-TASS.

“The Neman radar was used to monitor the air space situation and confirm flight parameters of target missiles in testing the missile defencse system A-135,” Andreyev recalled. In 1981 through 1991 the radar was used on more than 300 occasions for launches of ballistic missiles during tests of warheads and missile defense penetration complexes.

The spokesman said the upgrade program would extend the radar’s life cycle and enhance its reliability, information capabilities and range.

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