Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend E.Huseynov / The First Deputy Command of the Cosmic Troops of Russia, Alexander Yakushin, said on 30 June in the briefing for the mission of the international journalists in Russian-leased Azerbaijani Gabala Radar Station that Russia will pay off $101 mln to Azerbaijan over the period of validity of agreement on the status and using principles of the Gabala Radar Station.
According to him, of them, $70 mln will be paid for the lease of the station ($7 mln per year) and $31 mln for the use of station ($2.6 mln per year). The Gabala Radar Station provides an opportunity to discover the missile flights from the south direction. The Station began fulfilling battle duty in 1985. The Station is capable to discover the start of ballistic and winged missiles in the distance of up to 6.000 km. The 10-year Russian-Azerbaijani contract on Gabala Radar Station was signed in 2002.
Yakushin said that the Station is capable to control on the region of Near and Middle East and water area of Arabian Sea and Indian ocean. Speaking of the terms of the agreement, Yakushin said that it has been envisaged for ten years with a condition to be pronged for the next three years if six months before the completion of the agreement period, one of the sides does not notify to cease the validity of the agreement. In addition, Yakushin stressed that the equipment in the Station fully implements the tasks being faced. The Station may be modernized if a military-political decision is made, he added.
First Deputy Command underlined that during the Iranian-Iraqi war, the Station discovered starts of more than 150 Scad missiles and in 2007 the start of 'Shahab 3' missile from Iranian territory of Hamadan.