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New radar stations to start operating in western Russia, Siberia

October 03, 2014, 12:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW MOSCOW October, 3. /TASS

New Voronezh-DM and Voronezh-M radar stations of the Russian system of early warning against missile attacks will be commissioned according to schedule

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Voronezh-M radar station

Voronezh-M radar station

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MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. New Voronezh-DM and Voronezh-M radar stations of the Russian system of early warning against missile attacks will be commissioned according to schedule, the designer general said.

The director-general of the Minth Radio Technical Institute and designer general of the missile warning system, Sergei Boyev, said that stations, currently under state tests, will begin operating in the Irkutsk region, Siberia, and western Russia’s Kaliningrad region this year.

Other two stations are being prepared to be put into service in Barnaul and Orsk, he said.

Earlier it was reported, that Voronezh-DM stations were also planned to be put into service in the Altai and Krasnoyarsk territories this year.

“We hope will be in time to do everything as we pledged to the supreme commander in chief. We promised to do everything two years earlier, not by 2020, but by 2018. For the present we are on schedule, and I am sure we will keep it,” the director said.

Anti-ballistic control arc along Russia's border

Missile attack warning stations Voronezh-DM in Krasnoyarsk and Altai territories will be fifth and sixth among similar radar stations, which will be deployed along Russian borders to control space, lands and water surface to avert a sudden launch of strategic missiles of a probable enemy on Russian territory.

Similar radar stations have already been brought into service in the settlement of Lekhtusi outside the Russian northern capital of St. Petersburg, westernmost Kaliningrad region, near the city of Armavir in southern Russia’s Krasnodar territory and near the city of Usolye-Sibirskoye in East Siberia’s Irkutsk region.

For instance, Irkutsk radar station controls the aerospace area with a 6,000-kilometre radius on a 120-degree curve. The radar station monitors Japan, the whole territory of China, both Koreas, Vietnam, the Indochinese peninsula, the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean and a large part of India.

All missile launches from this territory will be immediately detected by satellites of the space control system and the information about a launch will be transmitted to the early missile warning radar station. The electronic computer system of the radar station will calculate a missile flight trajectory, the place of its dropping and will transmit this information to Moscow, to the Central Command Post of Aerospace Defense Troops in Moscow regional town of Solnechnogorsk. And then after a report to the president and his order a decision will be taken for further actions, if a missile poses a threat to security of Russia and its population - to intercept an attacking missile, deliver a retaliatory strike or a retaliatory counter-strike. Meanwhile, all this should be done in few minutes. If a probable enemy is aware of such Russian combat capabilities, he will hardly dare to take such a thoughtless action, the military affirm.

Voronezh-M radar station

Voronezh-M is a unique radar station with a huge potential to build up combat capabilities which became another development in resolving the strategic tasks of Russia's missile defense. It plays a key role in the missile attack warning system. This radar station can detect, track down and classify modern and promising aerospace attack weapons and will operate for information support to resolve the tasks of deterrence of missile strikes on Russia and higher effectiveness of retaliatory actions of the Russian Armed Forces. Jointly with space control satellites it can detect launches of strategic ballistic missiles, medium-and short-range missiles, as well as cruise missiles and different aircraft, from strategic bombers to fighters. The radar station gives targeting orders to firing radar station Don-2N which protects the space over central Russia as well as S-300, S-400 and S-500 air defense missiles systems.

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