Russia to build new military radar in Azerbaijan

Russia is underway to set up new radar installation in Azerbaijan in 2017, a television station operated by Russian Ministry of Defense has reported

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Russian military media reports a radar could be in the works for Azerbaijan

Russia is preparing to build a radar system in Azerbaijan which will be Russia's first military installation after Baku refused to renew the lease for a previous radar system, at Gabala, in 2012.

The report, on TV Zvezda, gives details about  Russia's current posture and future plans for air defense.

Among the future plans are to deploy a Voronezh-DM early-warning radar in Azerbaijan: "Erection of Voronezh stations is continuing, and not only in Russia. There are plans to start construction in Azerbaijan in 2017, in place of the out-of-service "Daryal" radar in Gabala. The new station will be under exclusively Russian control," the report says.

According to the report, the planned system in Azerbaijan aims to supplement the existing Voronezh system in Armavir, in Russia's North Caucasus. That radar covers Russia's air borders from "Southern Europe to Northern Africa," and the Azerbaijani radar would "cover those regions which the Armavir station can't reach," Zvezda reports.

Azerbaijani government officials have not yet commented on the report.

Baku and Moscow started negotiating in 2011 over the renewal of the lease agreement at Gabala, but Russia found Azerbaijan’s rental demands high, which had been $7 million a year. Other concessions like increasing the number of Azerbaijani civilians working there and Azerbaijani companies servicing the facility were among Baku’s claims that Moscow found onerous and walked away saying that the Armavir station would be enough.

TRTWorld and agencies