NEWTOWN, Conn. --- The Container radar system is now on trial duty with the Russian aerospace defense forces. The Container officially entered service on December 2 after it was verified to be functional.
The new-generation over-the-horizon radar, known as Container, is located in Kovylkino, Mordovia in western Russia. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the system will enhance surveillance "to the west," covering most of Europe. The system will be fully operational by the end of 2015, Shoigu said.
The Container forms a part of the 590th separate radio-technical unit, which comprises a command post, a transmission and reception antenna, and a communications and data-management unit.
The Container is the first system assigned to the aerospace defense forces that is capable of detecting all types of highly maneuverable airborne targets at ranges of more than 1,860 miles (3,000 km). According to Aerospace Defense Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Alexander Golovko, the radar can detect aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and even the launch of cruise missiles.