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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_410580.html Original Date: 28 Sep 2001 18:43:47
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      Original Date: 28 Sep 2001 18:43:47 -0000

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      Ananova

      Russia 'blind and deaf' over failing satellites

      Russia has been left "largely blind and deaf" because its satellite
      system is failing, according to a former intelligence chief.

      The country once had almost 200 orbiting surveillance and
      communications platforms but now has only 93. More than 70 of these
      are now operating over their original service lifetimes. Cuts in
      funding have been blamed.

      Alexei Vengeorvsky, until recently chairman of the intelligence
      subcommittee of the Duma, said he warned that the country would be
      left without eyes or ears in 1999 but that "no one listened".

      Russia now has just 43 dedicated military satellites compared with the
      170 operated by the US and can no longer carry out 24-hour
      surveillance.

      President Vladimir Putin has openly admitted his country's space
      programme is failing to provide its military leaders with the
      information they need.

      According to the [56]Vladivostok News, he said: "Only 40% of the space
      exploration program for 1996 to 2000 was carried out. There is nothing
      to be proud of, in either the civilian or the military programs.

      "Space systems communications in the sphere of national security have
      gone down. Maintaining global strategic security is impossible without
      this component."

      Story filed: 12:51 Friday 28th September 2001

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