Overall, there will be six such radar installations operating in the region, the official added.
Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Buklgakov, who visited the construction site, said that a runway capable of handling all types of combat aircraft was simultaneously being reconstructed nearby.
It is immune to stealth technology and uses a gigantic antenna array up to five kilometers long and five meters tall, to identify aerial targets 500 kilometers away and sea targets up to 400 kilometers away.
During the 2014 drill Podsolnukh (Sunflower), the radar detected a quartet of low flying Sukhoi Su-24 bombers and transferred their coordinates to a missile cruiser, which “shot down” all the four “intruders.”
The Podsolnukh’s elder brother – the over the horizon Volna radar has an effective range of 3,000 kilometers and is currently in service near the port city of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East.