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Estonia retires last Soviet-era radars

Last Updated: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 08:17

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.

IANS

First Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 08:17

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