Russian radars installed in Egypt are changing the balance of power in the Middle East
Russian radars located in Egypt change the balance of power in Middle East
The media reported on the deployment in Egypt of two over-the-horizon radar stations of circular visibility, allowing to detect aircraft and missiles at a distance of up to 1100 km in the altitude range. Both radars are installed in the Suez Canal area.
Valery Rubin, Israel
Last fall, a military diplomatic source told Rossiyskaya Gazeta that Russia had signed contracts with a number of Middle Eastern countries for their supply in 2020.
Presumably, two Resonance radar systems (modifications) were previously sold to Iran, more precisely, the aerospace forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and commissioned under the name Ghadir.
This is a new generation of Russian radar stations that can detect various types of long-range aircraft and missiles in advance, as well as provide command alerts to prepare aviation and air defense systems in advance to repel potential threats. Another feature of these radars is their ability to simultaneously capture 500 targets.
Egypt already has a number of radar posts that are part of the country's air defense system. Three of them are installed in the Sinai, which is contrary to the annex to the Peace Treaty, signed in 1979 by Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Anwar Sadat.
In recent years, after al-Fatah al-Sissi became president, Egypt has seen an acceleration in the process of equipping the Armed Forces with the latest weapons. Among other things, Russia acquired the S-300 air defense system, equipped with a radar that can detect targets at a distance of 330 km, and it can simultaneously process the flight characteristics of 200 targets.
The Rezonans-NE radar was probably delivered to Egypt relatively recently. According to the manufacturer’s resume, Resonance-NE RLC (export version) was developed taking into account the latest achievements in the field of radar, computer technology and digital signal processing. According to the stated data, the radar has a high degree of automation, the equipment is located in six transport blocks and can be transported by road, rail, air and water. The radar is weatherproof and can be operated in various climatic zones. It remains operational in the temperature range from -50 ° С to + 50 ° С under atmospheric precipitation and wind loads of up to 50 m / s. In addition, the deployment time does not exceed 24 hours, and the complex has the necessary maneuverability for a secretive change of position.
The principle of resonant meter radar for long-distance detection, tracking, determination of motion parameters and coordinates of subtle airborne objects, which is the basis of the "Resonance", makes the Stealth technology ineffective and largely negates the efforts of potential opponents to develop a wide class of weapon carriers including cruise and ballistic missiles, drones and hypersonic aircraft. The radar has proven itself perfectly in the conditions of electronic counteraction and natural interference, they have built-in hardware-software identification systems "friend or foe".
What is the conclusion? Equipping Egypt with state-of-the-art radars can pose a threat to Israel’s eastern neighbor.