Russia outlines 2014 radar, missile defense plans

Jan. 8, 2014 at 9:52 AM

MOSCOW, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Russian military said Wednesday it plans to install more radars and missile defense systems across the country in 2014.

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces announced plans to install medium- and high-altitude radar systems and a regiment of the S-400 Triumph missile defense system, Russia's state-supported news agency RIA Novosti reports.

The Russian military last year set aside $750 million to produce the Iskander mobile tactical ballistic missile system. The Kremlin said it would roll out the system to counter any U.S. plans for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation address in December said no rival power "should have illusions" over a military advantage in Russia's regional sphere of influence.

The United States said a European missile shield is needed to protect the region from threats from rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea.

Last year, the Russian military installed more than a dozen different types of military radars across the country.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Rapper DMX found unconscious, revived by New York police
Alaska woman claims McDonald's Happy Meal hasn't aged in six years
N.H. primary polls open: Kasich, Sanders get early leads
5 Reasons why Denver Broncos won't be repeat champions
Exposure to flashing light may prevent jet lag