The Russian Ministry of Defence will restore the Dnepr Missile Launch Detection System radar, which is situated near the city of Sevastopol.
According to a source in military industrial complex, the upgraded facility will be able to detect launches of ballistic, cruise as well as hypersonic missiles from the Black and Mediterranean Seas, and will secure Russian territories in the south and south-east.
Mikhail Khodarenok, an air defence expert explained that “after the USSR had collapsed, Ukraine came into the radar in Sevastopol, then it was rented by Russia some time, but the agreement was broken because of the Kiev’s stance. The radar has not been used for over 10 years, and it got out of order”.
He believes that loss of the facility was compensated in 2013 with the Voronezh-DM Missile Launch Detection System radar, which was put into operation near the city of Armavir. It totally surpassed the control zones of the two radars left in Ukraine, that is near Sevastopol and Mukachevo, as well as of that in the Azerbaijani city of Gabala.
The first Voronezh-class radar was deployed in the village of Lekhtusi near St Petersburg in 2008. As a result, the military gained opportunity to see everything that is going on in air and space from the coast of Morocco to Spitzbergen, and what about range, it reaches the eastern coast of the US.
The radar near Armavir, which was put into operation in 2009, monitors everything happening from the North of Africa to India. While a radar in the Kaliningrad region covers the Western sector.
A facility in the Irkutsk region “breaks through” area from China to the US Western coast. A range of alike radars are to be deployed in the nearest future.
According to the Prof. Vadim Kozyulin at the Academy of Military Sciences, deployment of the Sevastopolian radar “will secure all-round defence from missile attacks… the American missile Tomahawk flies to Moscow from the Mediterranean Sea for about two hours. Task of the new radar will be to detect its launch and direct air defence systems at it.”