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Russian Aerospace Defense to Get New Radars, Shed Older Models

Sputnik News

21:46 10.05.2015(updated 22:13 10.05.2015)

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces (VKO) want to get rid of older radar models for the benefit of newer generation.

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces (VKO) plan to cut the number of radar units produced for the air defense of Moscow and the Central region four times, however VKO will boost the production of new generation air defense systems, VKO spokesperson Alexei Zototukhin told RIA Novosti.

'Due to the introduction of new generations of radars to air- and ballistic missile defense systems, capable of detecting a wide range of high-altitude and high speed targets, the range of purchased radar systems and air defense units may be reduced two times in 2016 and four times, starting 2021,' – Zolotukhin said.

According to Zolotukhin, this will improve maintainability of new radar units and cancel the operation of older models.

He also added that the production of new radar models, coming into service this year, will be doubled.

Last month, Zoloukhin said VKO will carry out eight drills throughout 2015 that will involve firingexercises with air defense missile systems.


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