Estonian radars are unable to track the trajectory of rockets fired by NATO
TALLINN, 14 Jul — RIA Novosti. Estonian radar station (radar) unable to track the trajectory of the rocket accidentally launched a Spanish fighter because it has too much speed and small size, said Tuesday the site of the Estonian defense Forces.
Air force fighter Eurofighter Typhoon Spain on 7 August at the height of six kilometers mistakenly launched over the southern part of Estonia combat missile of class “air-air” AIM-120 AMRAAM, which flew 80 miles and supposedly fell in an uninhabited swampy forest in the area Eyacula close to Endla nature reserve.
Estonian military after a thorough inspection of the alleged site of impact found that the rocket or its fragments.
The ground search was discontinued. The commander of the Estonian air force Colonel Riivo Valga said that rockets would continue with the flight resources of the air force.
As noted in the defence Forces radar station in Kellavere located in the region of launch, was unable to determine the flight path and place of landing.
“The missile flies at a speed four times the speed of sound and compared to, for example, with the airplane is a small object. Radar detection of air targets missile locks, but on the basis of these data it is impossible to clearly identify a specific flight path and landing site. To establish the trajectory of the missiles used radar, which in Estonia, as in Estonia there is no system of anti-aircraft units of the corresponding radius of action,” — said on the website of the defence Forces.
AIM-120 AMRAAM is an American all-weather guided missile of class “air-air” medium-range missiles. Missiles of this class is designed to engage air targets beyond line of sight targets. Missile length is 3.7 meters, diameter — 18 cm.