MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Space Force has started deploying special new generation ground-based means of space monitoring, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"The emergence of four new laser-optical and four radio-technical systems of identification of space objects will make it possible to carry out global non-stop monitoring at all altitudes and angles by 2020," the Defense Ministry said.
The first laser-optical system of a new generation has already undergone government certification tests and entered duty in the Altai Territory, the Defense Ministry said.
Since the moment they went operational the space control means have carried out "hundreds of thousands of special works" to identify and keep track of 15,000 space objects, verify the end of the "ballistic existence" of about 5,000 space objects, and issue 300 warnings of dangerous rapprochement of space objects with the operational spacecraft of Russia’s group of satellites.
Specialists of the Russian Aerospace Force’s Space Troops are carrying out flight development tests of the first satellite of the single space system’s orbital grouping:
"Specialists of the Aerospace Force’s Space Troops are carrying out flight development tests of the first satellite of the orbital grouping of the single space system that will become the basis of the space echelon of the early missile attack warning system and help considerably reduce the time of detecting the launches of a potential enemy’s ballistic missiles, and also significantly raise the promptness and the reliability of information on warning the country’s military and political leadership about missile threats," the Defense Ministry said.
The orbital grouping of new-generation satellites of the early missile attack warning system will allow ensuring global control of the territory and the water area of the Earth, the Defense Ministry said.
"Over the entire period of combat alert, the early missile attack warning system has detected over 1,500 launches of foreign and domestic ballistic missiles and space rockets," the Defense Ministry said.