A simulated Russian airstrike on a local radar scares Norwegian residents
VARDO, (BM) – The Norwegian Armed Forces are upgrading the Globe radar in the city of Vardø in the north of the country, installing new American equipment. Local residents, according to the NRK publication, are nervous and afraid because of this, learned BulgarianMilitary citing RIA Novosti.
Earlier, The Barents Observer, citing Norwegian intelligence director Morten Hag Lund, reported that 11 Russian bombers had worked on striking the Norwegian radar in Vardø.
Allegedly, a “dramatically simulated attack” occurred on February 14, 2018, and another similar “attack” was launched a year before. The Russian Ministry of Defense did not confirm this information.
“The radar is a thorn in the eye of Russia. The aggravation of the situation cannot be ruled out,” said Mayor of the city of Vardo, Erjan Jensen.
“I’m afraid of everything. We live so close to Russia, and now there’s an almost full-fledged war. This is a threat to our entire town. It’s just awful,” complained a local resident Stig Nielsen.
“He poses a threat to our entire community. You look at it all and get upset,” added another resident of Vardo Aslé Christiansen.
The Globe system has been located in Vardø since 1998 and is a joint project of the US Air Force Space Command and the Norwegian Intelligence Service. Deployment of radars should be completed by 2020.
Officially, the main task of the complex is to track space debris in Earth orbits. At the same time, the Norwegian media previously reported that the radar is designed to collect intelligence information.
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