Air defense units in the Urals and Siberia will receive unique systems – low-altitude Podlet-K1 systems. They are capable of detecting drones and cruise missiles. A fundamental decision to strengthen the radar shield in Siberia and the Urals has already been made, sources in the military department told Izvestia.
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Radar “Podlet-K1” is specially designed for reliable detection of small and low-speed targets at low altitudes. These include cruise missiles and UAVs. The system copes with the task of detecting them better than multifunctional universal radars. The radar is capable of detecting airborne objects at a distance of up to 300 km. This technique is used to strengthen the S-400 complexes in the most threatened areas.
The system includes a tower with a radar mounted on a four-axle KamAZ chassis. She is accompanied by a control car and a mobile power generator. The communication equipment installed on them makes it possible to exchange information with other modern air defense systems and automatically transmit information to headquarters of a higher level.
The complexes at the end of autumn have already entered service with the 14th Army of the Air Force and Air Defense. Completion of deliveries is expected by the end of next year.
According to experts, it is critically important to create radar coverage at low altitudes, since it is there that the most dangerous air attack weapons of modern warfare are used – cruise missiles and UAVs.
“If a device flying at low altitudes is detected too late, there may not be time and necessary funds to react. Podlet-K1 is a modern station that meets all the requirements. It will strengthen the radar field in the most probable flight directions, “Lieutenant General Aytech Bizhev, former deputy chief of the Air Force for the CIS air defense system, told Izvestia.
Recently, the Ministry of Defense has been actively building up air defense assets over the regions of the Urals and Siberia. As Izvestia previously reported, the deployment of mobile reserve regiments began this year. The new units will be armed with the unique Pantsir anti-aircraft missile-gun systems.
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