Russia this year intends to start building three new long-range radar facilities that will support the nation's evolving ballistic missile defense system, Interfax reported on Wednesday.
The early warning radars are to be located in the Orenburg region, Barnaul and Yeniseysk, according to Russian aerospace defense troops spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin.
Russia has already constructed four facilities for the advanced next-generation Voronezh radar, he added.
The land-based components for the Voronezh antimissile systems are to be fielded in 2018 -- two years earlier than a previous deadline, system designer Sergey Boyev said. The schedule was moved ahead by order of President Vladimir Putin, he said.