Estonia retires last Soviet-era radars

Estonia`s Air Defence forces have dismantled their last obsolete Soviet-made radars, the country`s armed forces said.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2013, 08:17 AM IST

Tallinn: Estonia`s Air Defence forces have dismantled their last obsolete Soviet-made radars, the country`s armed forces said.

One P-37-type radar will be installed as a monument at the Amari military base, while another will be sent to an aviation museum.

At present, two radar stations monitor Estonia`s airspace - a TPS-77 at Kallavere, in western Estonia and an ASR-8 at Amari, not far from Tallinn.

Later this month, a new radar station will be opened on Muhu Island featuring a medium-range Ground Master 430 3D air defence radar with an effective range of up to 470 km and an altitude of up to 30 km.

Another post-Soviet republic, Belarus, said in February it would replace a Russian radar station with an indigenous one and dispose of its Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27 fighters.

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