Russian Airborne Troops Test New Air Defense Control System

The Barnaul-T automated air defense control system was used for the first time during drills involving airborne troops units, which started on Monday in Russia's Pskov region, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the spokesperson, the Barnaul-T system, recently delivered to the Pskov-based airborne troops division, is supposed to reduce the time needed to search for and ultimately destroy air targets.

"Divisions of Russian airborne troops have put the latest Barnaul-T automation systems in operation for the first time in order to provide coverage for areas of high [airborne] divisional concentration," a ministry spokesperson said.

On Monday morning, a formation of airborne troops in the Pskov region was set to the highest degree of combat readiness. Over 2,500 paratroopers and about 300 military hardware units are participating in the planned military exercises. The exercises are expected to last for five days.

The Barnaul-T automated air defense control system was developed to search for air targets, receive information from other systems of detection, as well as plotting targets' trajectories.

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