Russia Plans Early Warning Radar in Crimea by 2020

On June 26, Russian defense industry insiders confirmed that construction for an early warning radar in Crimea would begin this year. The new radar, the Voronezh, would replace the older Dnepr system built in Sevastopol. After finalizing a contract in 2019, the unnamed sources stated that the radar would enter service in December 2020, contradicting earlier reports that it would be completed in 2023. The radar has alternatively been reported as the “Voronezh-CM” (Voronezh-SM), a centimeter-band variant, and the Voronezh-M, which operates with a meter-range wavelength.