Forewarned is Forearmed: Russia Boosts Its Missile Defense Capabilities
Using a new type of radar, Russia is about to establish a global early warning network rivaling that of the USSR.
According to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, the mainstay of this global defense system will be formed of the third generation Voronezh-type radar stations.
The Voronezh-class radar system includes three variants, including the Voronezh M, Voronezh-DM (using VHF and UHF), and the Voronezh-VP 'high potential', assumed to be EHF (extremely high frequency). The system's range is between 4,500 – 6,000 km, and it is capable of detecting objects at a height of up to 4,000 km.
Furthermore, Voronezh-class radar is made of factory-built modules and can therefore be rapidly constructed in about a year and a half, while it usually takes from 5 to 9 years to build a radar station of equal capabilities.
Following the dissolution of the USSR, Russia's early warning capability was dealt a severe blow as many of its elements located in the former Soviet republics were promptly shut down by the new authorities. Now however, with the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, the new network is set to surpass its Soviet predecessor and provide early-warning coverage for the entire territory of Russia.
Meanwhile, Russian Armed Forces have deployed two batteries of K-300P Bastion coastal defense missile systems at the Kola Peninsula. According to the Izvestiya newspaper, the deployed weapons cover about 1,500 kilometers of Russia’s coastline in the region and effectively transform a sizeable portion of the Barents Sea into a 'dead zone' for NATO warships.
A K-300P battery consists of 12 mobile launchers equipped with P-800 Oniks anti-ship missiles with a range of 300 kilometers.
Following a recent deployment of this type of missile launchers to Crimea, Russia can now engage and destroy any hostile target in both the Black Sea and the Barents Sea, the newspaper remarks, pointing out that the country’s Ministry of Defense didn’t specify where it might deploy these weapons next.
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