Friday, August 7, 2009

New Russian early warning radar to be online soon

Russia will commission within the next three months a radar with the capacity to monitor rocket launches from the Middle East, includingIran, Interfax news agency said on Thursday.In 2007, then President Vladimir Putin offered this radar, which has been under construction since 2006, and the Soviet-era Qabala radar in Azerbaijan, to Washington as Russia's contribution to a joint global anti-missile system.Putin made the offer as an inducement to Washington to drop plans for building a missile shield in eastern Europe which Moscow says will ultimately be a threat to Russia's security.But Washington is still standing by the missile shield plan though President Barack Obama, who wants to "reset" ties with Moscow, is showing less commitment to it than his predecessor, George W. Bush."As of now, mounting a high-voltage transformer to the station is under way," General Nikolai Abroskin, the head of military constructor Spetstroi told Interfax."As soon as that happens, the station will start combat duties," he added. "This will happen in October or November."Disagreements over the U.S. anti-missile system have become one of the main strains on bilateral relations, which sank to post-Cold War lows in recent years


There have been reports of numerous quality-control issues associated with Russian military hardware (from missile to bullet to aircraft and ship components) across Indian service.

Is Indian Defense Ministry taking initiatives to address the systematic QC deficiency before/while embarking to purchase more military hardware of Russian origin?

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