Russia starts building one more early warning radar - military

A foundation-laying ceremony for one more Voronezh-M early warning radar system is to be held in the Orenburg region, Aerospace Defense Troops spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

A foundation-laying ceremony for one more Voronezh-M early warning radar system is to be held in the Orenburg region, Aerospace Defense Troops spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"A memorial capsule will be laid in the foundation of a new Voronezh-M early warning radar system in Orsk in the Orenburg region on Tuesday, August 13," Zolotukhin said.

He said the highly-compatible radar in the Orenburg region will be joined to the Russian Aerospace Defense Troops' early warning system.

"In order to provide information support needed to prevent missile strikes against Russia, and to enhance the efficiency of the armed forces' retaliatory operations, the Aerospace Defense Troops' early warning system will receive and provide information about missile attacks on state and military command posts, gather the necessary information for the Moscow missile defense system and release data on objects in space to the space monitoring system," Zolotukhin said.

The construction of new highly-compatible radar systems aims to perfect the capabilities of the early warning system, he continued.

The high-compatibility know-how provides for designing, manufacturing and testing technologically and functionally complete radar components (macro-modules) at industrial enterprises. The radars are fully assembled from standard container-type macro-modules at the place of deployment. The infrastructure required for a radar is minimal. The radar deployment period is 12 to 18 months, compared to 5-9 years previously.

Four new-generation early-warning radars have been deployed in Russia already. A Voronezh-DM radar is in service in the Krasnodar territory and a Voronezh-M radar in the Leningrad region. The Voronezh-DM radars in the Kaliningrad and Irkutsk regions are in the trial stage of operation.

Zolotukhin also said that besides the Orenburg region, work to deploy new-generation radars also began in the Krasnoyarsk and Altai territories in 2013.

"A chain of innovative radar systems will help build up the capabilities of Russia's missile attack early warning system and guarantee uninterrupted radar coverage of all locations vulnerable to missiles," the officer said.

The foundation-laying ceremony will be attended by Aerospace Defense Troops commanders, RTI concern managers and Novoorsk officials. "The participants in the ceremony will detail tasks for the builders and representatives of industrial enterprises, and discuss the construction of social infrastructure for servicemen and their families in Orsk," Zolotukhin said.

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