Construction of a missile attack early warning system in the Kaliningrad region of Russia is almost complete, space forces spokesman Lt. Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said to Interfax on Thursday (see GSN, March 22).
"Radar stations under construction in Kaliningrad and Irkutsk regions will soon be attached to the early missile attack warning network," Zolotukhin said. "The Kaliningrad radar is already making measurements although construction works continue."
"The new stations have better combat and operational characteristics," he added (Interfax I, March 24).
Russia's space forces have established bases throughout the nation, stretching from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad, as well as outside the nation's borders, the officer told Interfax.
"Missile attack warning and space control systems are positioned in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan," Zolotukhin said.
Russia's space forces have a variety of duties including supplying regular and valid data on ballistic missile launches and transmitting alerts on any potential missile attacks to senior military commanders. The space forces also track objects in outer space, he said (Interfax II, March 24).
Last year, Russia's radar, space monitoring, missile defense and spacecraft command units all ratcheted up efforts to maintain and bolster combat readiness, United Press International reported.
Space forces in 2010 spotted and monitored more than 30 launches of ballistic missiles by Russia and other nations, the official Krasnaya Zvezda said (United Press International, March 24).