Russia will test its new radar, Voronezh DM, being built near the Baltic port of Kaliningrad by the end of 2011, Russia’s space forces commander General Oleg Ostapenko said.

The new Voronezh Class radar, with a range of 4,000km, has similar capabilities as its predecessors, Dnepr and Daryal, according to RIA Novosti.

“The radar in Lekhtusi [outside St Petersburg] is ready to be put on combat duty, which will happen by the end of 2011,” Oleg added.

The first two radars are already being tested near St Petersburg and Krasnodar, with an additional three radars to be completed soon.