4 January 2012
Russia to Bolster Space Surveillance Capabilities
Global Security Newswire


Russia's aerospace defense forces on Tuesday announced plans in coming years to further prepare and strengthen the technological power of space surveillance capabilities intended in part to provide warning of an impending missile strike, ITAR-Tass reported (see GSN, Dec. 1, 2011).

"The task is being achieved within the framework of the unified information system, which incorporates forces and instruments of missile attack warning, missile and air defense and space control. The space control network is its key component," forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

"The space control network's main center will be equipped with the newest radars, optical electronic gadgets, radio-technical control instruments, and others within the next few years in order to broaden its capacity for protecting Russian interests and national security," the official said. In 2011, the system "gave special attention to the makeup and condition of foreign orbiting groups and orbiting experiments of foreign countries," he added (ITAR-Tass, Jan. 3).

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