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Russia’s Easternmost Krona-M Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar Goes Operational

The installation and pre-commissioning of Krona-M monopulse secondary surveillance radar (MSSR), manufactured by Almaz-Antey Corporation, has been completed in the vicinity of Provideniya Bay aerodrome within the area of responsibility of Anadyr ATS centre of State ATM Corporation’s North-East Air Navigation branch.

The en-route radar is located on a mountain top on the Bering Sea coast, close to the Bering Strait, which separates Eurasia from America. Its easternmost location in the Russian Federation makes it unique. The radar will greatly expand the surveillance coverage in the eastern and northern directions and will ensure radar control above a long segment of the state border between the Russian Federation and the USA. It is worth mentioning that the coverage area of the new radar includes both border crossing points and coordination points between the area control centres of Magadan (Russian Federation) and Anchorage (USA).

From 2 to 6 October 2020, an An-26 flying test-bed operated by CJSC Lyotnye Proverki i Sistemy (Flight Inspections and Systems) successfully ran an initial flight inspection and acceptance tests, confirming the high technical performance of the MSSR and its operational readiness for extreme weather conditions. The MSSR was put into operation according to North-East Air Navigation branch Order dated 8 October 2020. This new development will bring the services provided to international transoceanic operations to a whole new level.