The newly launched radar in Armavir, southern Russia, and a new Russian naval force based in the Mediterranean "will help maintain global strategic stability and balances of power in individual regions of the world," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.
The Voronezh-generation radar in Armavir "makes it possible to monitor near-Earth space and enlarges the potential of the early missile warning system for the south and southwest," Shoigu said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
The resumption of its permanent presence in the Mediterranean enables Russia to safeguard its interests "in what is currently an unquiet region," Shoigu said. The new naval unit "has a wide range of tasks."
Meanwhile, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces commander Alexander Golovko said that Russia will aslo launch Voronezh-type missile warning radar in its regions of Irkutsk and Kaliningrad next year.
"The supreme commander-in-chief [President Vladimir Putin] has set the task of putting the Irkutsk and Kaliningrad radar stations in service in 2014. Work to that end is proceeding according to schedule, there haven't been any setbacks or delays," he said.
Golovko credited Voronezh radar with being economical, convenient to use and high reliability.
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