Russia “to bolster air defences on Finnish border, ramp up C-UAS production”

Russia has said it will overhaul its air defence forces to counter Finland’s accession to the NATO military alliance and increase production rates of its counter-UAS systems.

According to Reuters, in an interview published on Monday with the Red Star newspaper, Lieutenant General Andrei Demin, deputy commander-in-chief of aerospace forces, said Russia had added more than 50 mobile radar stations and A-50 early warning and control aircraft patrolled 24 hours a day “while missile and anti-aircraft installations in regions next to Ukraine had been bolstered.”

“In Ukrainian regions under Russian control, air defence units had been set up to defend key installations, Demin said, while Russia had ramped up production of the RLK-MC anti-drone system.”

The RLK-MC C-UAS system has been developed by Lianozovsky Electromechanical Plant (“LEMZ”) part of the Almaz-Antey group of companies.

According to Russian defence website

“RLK-MC 117Zh6 is a self-propelled vehicle on a three-axle chassis with a container body. Structurally, the complex is divided into a control module with a remote control panel, a radar module, an optoelectronic module, a direction finding module for radio signal sources and a countermeasure module. It also provides for its own power supply, communication facilities, etc.

“The main element of the complex is a three-coordinate survey radar module operating in the X-band (wavelength 3 cm). The mirror antenna is installed under the radio-transparent dome and, together with it, can rise above the container roof. The radar provides all-round visibility at elevation angles from 0 ° to 30 °. The minimum detection range is 300 m.”

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