MOSCOW, January 8 (RIA Novosti)
A new radar of the fourth Voronezh class will be put into operation near the Siberian city of Irkutsk by the end of this year as part of Russia’s early warning system, a missile defense spokesman said on Sunday.
The current overhaul of Russia’s missile defenses is also due to the new strategic challenges presented by the U.S.-led missile shield plans in Europe.
“This year a new generation radar will be put on combat duty. It is not complete but it is already working in the test regime,” said Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin, spokesman for the missile defense troops in the Russian Defense Ministry.
Three other Voronezh class radars are already operating in Lekhtusi near St. Petersburg, in Armavir in the Black Sea area and in Pionersky near Kaliningrad.
The Voronezh class radars are a serious breakthrough compared to the previous generation radars of the Dnepr and Daryal class. The radar in Pionersky has a range of 6,000 km and can simultaneously track about 500 objects.
Under the national defense program until 2020, the Defense Ministry is to replace all Soviet long-range radars and close all gaps in radar coverage on Russia's borders.
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- email@example.comAll good news for Russian defence19:28, 08/01/2012Russian can never be to well protected. Having this radar system in place will hopefully discourage any potential missile attacks from the west or at least give Russian military forces time to act in times of crisis.
For the moment Russia is wise to watch the events unfolding between Iran, Israel, the United States, France, Britain, Canada and European countries belonging to NATO.
The offence weapons used to try to attack,invade and occupy Iran will be what Russia will be up against.
Russia does NOT want the United States to occupy Iran on any level as this will put them right at the Caspian Sea and next door neighbors.
Why the concern?
In 2019 the United States depletes its domestic oil reserves.
By 2020 the United States needs to find another 9 to 11.3 million barrels of oil a day to run its economy that consumes 18.7 million barrels of oil a day.
2015 to 2020 will be very stressful for the international community.
Russia's oil reserves at current consumption levels will last until 2032.
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