Russia on Wednesday activated a powerful radar in Siberia in accordance with government efforts to replace a Soviet-era system, RIA Novosti reported (see GSN, April 20).
The Voronezh-M radar facility is located in the Irkutsk region. The radar scans an area that encompasses China and the northeast United States, according to ex-strategic missile forces chief Viktor Yesin.
The new radar can identify ballistic missiles at ranges up to 3,730 miles. In comparison, the Soviet-era Dnepr early warning system can only cover 1,550 miles, Yesin said.
"This unique station has massive capabilities and is a key link in carrying out our strategic tasks given to us by the high command. It plays a key role in the missile early warning chain," said Russian aerospace defense forces commander Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko.
"Once a second Voronezh-M is built, we will no longer have to rely on the Dnepr missile early warning system radars," Ostapenko continued.
When another Voronezh radar goes online, Russia would have missile threat detection coverage from India to the United States. The system can be installed in short order and can be operated by fewer hands than earlier-generation radars (RIA Novosti, M ay 23).
Russia on Wednesday activated a powerful radar in Siberia in accordance with government efforts to replace a Soviet-era system, RIA Novosti reported.