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Russian Missile Chief--Loss of Radar in Latvia To Be Offset

Moscow Interfax 29 Jun 98

MOSCOW, June 29 (Interfax) -- The closure of a missile attack early warning system in Skrunda, Latvia, will be "a loss of important monitoring parameters" in the northeast but means are available to offset the loss, Col. Gen. Vladimir Yakovlev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces told Interfax.

A similar station under construction in Baranovichi, Belarus, will resolve all the problems caused by the closure of the Skrunda station, he said.

Other radars will cover the sector normally covered by the Skrunda station for as long as the Baranovichi station is under construction, Yakovlev said. "We will use the redundancy built into our systems," he said.

Russia's anti-missile defense systems obtain information through various channels such as satellites and radars deployed inside and outside Russia, in particular in Mukachevo, Ukraine, Sevastopol, Ukraine, Gabala, Azerbaijan and Balkhash, Kazakhstan.

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