Russia has activated a new Voronezh-DM-class missile detection radar near Armavir, Interfax reported on Thursday.
Russia plans next year to begin use of additional missile detection sites in its Irkutsk and Kaliningrad sectors. Voronezh-DM systems can monitor activities within roughly 3,730 miles, Interfax reported separately on Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the military would open seven new antimissile radar facilities by 2018, NTV television reported. He said such sites are expected to "seriously enhance the combat potential of the Russian Federation aerospace defense in the south and the southwest," bolstering protections in the "high-priority sectors."