(U) The Pirinclik intelligence collection radar consists of one detection radar and one tracking radar. The Pirinclik radar is operated by the 19th Surveillance Squadron in Pirinclik Turkey. The radar reached IOC on 1 June 1955.
(U) The Pirinclik Radar Site consists of a detection radar (AN/FPS-17) and a mechanical tracking radar (AN/FPS-79). Both radars operate at an UHF (432 MHz) frequency. Although limited by their mechanical technology, Pirinclik's two radars give the advantage of tracking two objects simultaneously in real time. Its location close to the southern FSU makes it the only ground sensor capable of tracking actual deorbits of Russian space objects. In addition, the Pirinclik radar is the only 24-hour-per-day eastern hemisphere deep space sensor.
(U) Loss of this capability would greatly impact early tracking of missiles and space launches from Tyuratam and surveillance of GEO satellites over the eastern hemisphere.
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|Range Radars||Range Radars|
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(U) National Security Space Road Map Team, NSSA, Open Phone: (703) 808-6040, DSN 898-6040.
(U) 17 September 1998
(U) Road Map Production Date: 23 June 2001