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.

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