"The first new generation complex, created on the territory of Altai region, successfully underwent state tests," Golovko told journalists on Aerospace Defense Forces Day.
The commander explained that in 2014, Aerospace Defense Forces began operation of a series of specialized surface laser-optical and radio engineering complexes for identifying objects beyond the earth's atmosphere. These complexes provide an expansion of Russian space surveillance informational gathering capability, including a greatly increased observational range for significantly smaller objects.
The Aerospace Defense Forces were formed December 1, 2011, to monitor Russian air and space borders. The military group commands a united outer space global monitoring system, focusing on Earth satellites and surveillance of all other space objects. It is expected that in excess of ten specialized space control complexes will be deployed by 2018 in the Russian south Siberia and far-east regions.