According to news sources, the Space Forces announced that the new facility near the city of Armavir, has already been put on combat duty. The city, which is located on the left bank of the Kuban River in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, is named after a city of the same name in Armenia. The new facility is meant to replace two soviet-built military radars located in Ukraine.
These two radar facilities, one in Ukraine's western city of Mukachevo and the other in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, were the subject of an executive decision last year, which ended their leases because of the Ukraine's efforts to join NATO. The purpose of the Armavir facility is to provide an early-warning radar intended to spot missile launches. The military has already commissioned a similar radar near St Petersburg.
The early warning radar, E-801M Oko (Eye), was developed by the Nizhny Novgorod Radio Engineering Institute, an organization of higher learning located in one of the more economically advanced regions in Russia, and accounting, in fact, for about two per cent of the nation's combined gross regional product. The 6m² radar antenna is stowed flat against the underside of a fuselage until deployed.
The radar has a surveillance range against a fighter aircraft size of 100km (about 62 miles) to 200km (124 miles) and the radar is capable of simultaneously tracking up to forty targets.
Detente between Russia and other powerful nations may prove to be as fragile as it always was, but it would seem that, at least for now, those who seek to invade her southern borders may think twice or even three times.