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All-Seeing Eye: Russia Builds Gigantic Military Radar in Arctic

© Sputnik / Kirill Kallinikov / Go to the mediabankCombat duty officers at the command center of the Don-2-N radar
Combat duty officers at the command center of the Don-2-N radar - Sputnik International
Long-range radar capable of identifying aerial and sea targets hundreds of kilometers away will enter service on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Russian Arctic in 2017, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported citing the Defense Ministry press service in Moscow.

Overall, there will be six such radar installations operating in the region, the official added.

Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Buklgakov, who visited the construction site, said that a runway capable of handling all types of combat aircraft was simultaneously being reconstructed nearby.

Radio data treatment panel, command post, anti-aircraft brigade, Western Military District - Sputnik International
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The so-called “over the horizon” radar is a type of radar system, which is able to detect targets at very long ranges, typically hundreds and thousands of kilometers, beyond the radar horizon, which is the limit for ordinary radar.

It is immune to stealth technology and uses a gigantic antenna array up to five kilometers long and five meters tall, to identify aerial targets 500 kilometers away and sea targets up to 400 kilometers away.

During the 2014 drill Podsolnukh (Sunflower), the radar detected a quartet of low flying Sukhoi Su-24 bombers and transferred their coordinates to a missile cruiser, which “shot down” all the four “intruders.”

The Podsolnukh’s elder brother – the over the horizon Volna radar has an effective range of 3,000 kilometers  and is currently in service near  the port city of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East.

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