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    Russia to Receive Reconnaissance Ship to Monitor US Missile Defense in 2016

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    The Ivan Khurs communications ship is planned to be launched in the second quarter of 2016, according to a spokesperson of Severnaya Verf shipyard.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Navy will receive the Ivan Khurs reconnaissance ship, able to monitor US missile defense systems, in December 2016, a spokesperson of Severnaya Verf shipyard said Friday.

    "The Ivan Khurs communications ship is planned to be launched in the second quarter of 2016… Shipbuilders intend to pass the communications ship to the Russian Navy in December 2016," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.

    The spokesperson added that the Ivan Khurs would significantly outmatch its predecessors.

    On July 1, the head of the Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation order department, Anatoly Shlemov, told RIA Novosti that the Ivan Khurs will monitor US missile defense systems, among other tasks.

    Russia-developed Project 18280 ships are designed to provide communications, support radio-electronic warfare, and carry out intelligence-gathering activities.

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