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Russia has Lost its Satellite Constellation Warning of Missile Strikes
February 13, 2015 16:40


Russia has completely lost its satellite constellation warning of missile strikes.

The last satellites of “Oko-1” constellation monitoring the launches of ballistic missiles are out of order, and the launch of new satellites is expected no earlier than in June 2015, as “Kommersant” reported on Wednesday, February 11, citing its sources. The first satellite of the new unified space system “Tundra” was postponed due to technical unreadiness. The newspaper specified that the machine had to replace all machines of the space segment of the system warning of missile strikes. All satellites “Oko-1” that were previously criticized as hopelessly outdated, are now out of order.

In April 2014 the last geostationary satellite 716 stopped working, and the two 73D6 remaining on the orbit could only work during several hours a day. The machines were launched as early as in 2007-2008, and have long been overaged. By the beginning of January 2015 they also got disconnected.

The newspaper refers to such evidence as the data of the American NORAD system which is has not been fixing the adjustment of satellite orbits for more than a month. The General Designer of the constellation warning of missile strikes Sergey Boev told to “Kommersant” that all missile-hazardous areas were controlled by radar stations being a part of the ground segment of the system. “The space-defense layers make it possible to define the launch of the enemy missile about a minute earlier than radar stations.  

There are no doubts in serious capabilities of the ground layer” - a source familiar with the capabilities of the system told to “Kommersant”. The military promise that the new satellites will greatly exceed the technical characteristics of the old machines, for example, they will be able to transmit a signal of reprising.

The source of the newspaper said that the work on the “Tundra” was personally controlled by the Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and he was reported on the progress of works on the unified space system almost every week.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russia International     

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