The new Voronezh-M early warning radar entered on duty on May 23rd 2012 in Irkutsk Region, Lenta.ru reports. It was put into service at 10:15 (local time; 5:15 Moscow time). Only one section is working at the moment and after the start of the second one the visual field angle of Voronezh-M radar located in Usolye-Sibirskoe (Irkutsk Region) will reach 240 degrees.
According to the Commander of Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, Lieutenant General Oleg Ostapenko, after Voronezh-M will start working with maximum performance the need in Dnepr early warning radar working in Irkutsk Region will be eliminated and the radar will be taken out of service. Voronezh-M will control the zone from US West Coast to India. The Voronezh radar in Usolye-Sibirskoe is the fourth one of the type to be put into service in Russia.
Voronezh-M radar in Lekhtusi village (Leningrad Region) and Voronezh-DM radars in Kaliningrad and Krasnodar Regions have entered on duty earlier. Russian Ministry of Defense also plans to deploy Voronezh radars in Pechora (Komi Republic), Barnaul (Altai Territory), Yeniseisk (Krasnoyarsk Region), Omsk and Olenegorsk (Murmansk Region). Voronezh radars should replace the outdated Dnepr, Volga nd Darial early warning radars.
Voronezh early warning radar has a range of 6000 km. The radar is able to detect ballistic, space, and aerodynamic targets, follow and classify them and transfer information about the targets to control points. Thanks to design modularity, Voronezh radar may be deployed in 1.5 – 2 years instead of 5 years for the older stations.