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Crimea and the south of Russia will be protected by heavy duty radars

The Southern Military District will receive the Niobium-SV heavy-duty long-range radar systems. This is reported by "Izvestia" with reference to sources in the Ministry of Defense.

New equipment will arrive in the troops before the end of 2019. Radars will protect the south of the country and the Crimea. Defense experts say Niobium-SV will be a response to missile defense systems that the US will deploy in Romania and Bulgaria. They can be used to launch Tomahawk high-precision cruise missiles.

In July, it became known that the US military completed the deployment of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) complex in Romania. THAAD replaced the Aegis Ashore fixed system, which was being upgraded. In this way, the United States fulfills its obligations to protect its EU partners from air threats.

In early September, the updated Aegis Ashore returned back to Romania.

The radar station "Niobium-SV" is intended for the detection and tracking of airborne objects of all types – aircraft, helicopters, cruise and ballistic missiles, as well as drones. A radar can track up to 300 targets at a time, and its range of detection of an air object is 300 kilometers.

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