New anti-missile radar put into service in Russia’s Kaliningrad
A new radar station capable of monitoring missile launches from the North Atlantic, as well as the future European missile defense system, was launched in the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reported.
President Dmitry Medvedev observed its inauguration ceremony during his visit to the city.
A source in the Russian Defense Ministry earlier said that the radar will go on combat duty starting December 1.
"I hope this station will operate properly and fulfill the tasks in hand," Medvedev told the radar operating team.
The Russian president said in his address to the nation last week that he had ordered the launch of the radar as part of Russia's response to the United States' European missile shield plans.
Russia also plans to deploy Iskander tactical missiles in the Kaliningrad region in the near future.
Russia is seeking written, legally binding guarantees that the missile shield will not be directed against it. Washington, however, has refused to provide those guarantees to Moscow and said it will not alter its missile defense plans despite increasingly tough rhetoric from Moscow.