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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Russia May Put Missile Shield Stations in Diplomatic Missions Abroad

Russian Space Forces and Foreign Ministry are currently discussing the questions of placing anti-missile radar stations in Russian diplomatic missions in foreign countries, the Space Forces commander has said.

Colonel-General Vladimir Popovkin said in an interview with the Russian magazine Novosti Kosmonavtiki (Space Industry News) that the move will give Russia the opportunity to register the first stages of missile launches “that we cannot see from Russia’s territory” and adjust the flight tasks for the anti-missile weapons if an extraordinary situation occurs.

The general went on to say that the new generation quant optical stations require virtually no maintenance and can be fitted in “half of a room”. A station which will remotely control these stations all over the world will be built in Krasnokamensk in Russia and every six months specialists will run a routine check of the stations.

Popovkin also said that Russia is planning to build two new radar stations in the South — near the city of Armavir. He said that after these stations start working, Russian military will no longer depend on the Mukachevo and Sevastopol radar stations in Ukraine.
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