Russia to Enhance Moscow Missile Defenses

Russia is preparing to strengthen its missile countermeasures for Moscow and sectors in the nation's center, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.

Deputy Defense Minister Oleg Ostapenko did not offer details on the technology that would supplant older A-135 systems used for protecting the capital against ballistic missile strikes.

"We have a range of new objects which we are obliged to defend, and we'll defend them. There are new developments in some fields, and I think they will be deployed in the near future," Ostapenko said. "You will probably find out more about them in the near future."

One-time Russian strategic missile forces chief Viktor Yesin in September said the updates would cover missile interceptors, sensor systems and other technology.

Russia is also as of Monday not using the Gabala air-defense radar site in Azerbaijan due to a continued dispute over lease terms, ITAR-Tass reported.

“Since the agreement on the status, principles and terms of operation of the Gabala Radar Station between the governments of Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation becomes ineffective from Dec. 9, 2012, the Russian side presented a note to the Azerbaijani side on the suspension of the operation of the station from Dec. 10 of this year,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in prepared comments.

 

 

December 11, 2012
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Russia is preparing to strengthen its missile countermeasures for Moscow and sectors in the nation's center, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.

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