Russia has stood up its second 'Container' long-range ground-based radar system for operational trials ahead of its real-world activation next year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 3 December.
The 29B6 Container air-defence (AD) and ballistic missile early warning (BMEW) radar station, which is in the central Mordovia region of the country, approximately 400 km southeast of Moscow, is undergoing state testing. The intention is for the radar station to enter operational service in 2019 as part of a chain of stations and systems "of strategic deterrence", the MoD said on its official Facebook page.
This southern-facing system follows the activation of the first 590th Independent Radar Detection Centre's western-facing Container radar at Kovylkino in the same Mordovia region in December 2013.
The Container is the newest and arguably the most impressive of Russia's AD and BMEW radars. The system comprises several separate antenna masts that are 30 m in height and stretch for more than a kilometre, affording the Container a 3,000 km range that, when coupled with its 180° field-of-regard (FOR), takes in most of Europe and a large swathe of the Middle East. The system is also credited with being able to track airborne targets (including cruise missiles) from sea level up to 100 km (near space).
A map of this latest system's FOR published by the Russian MoD shows it to have a coverage that extends to the eastern coast of the UK in the west, the southern tip of Israel in the south, and to the western border of China in the east.
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