Category Archives: Missiles

The Strategic Impact of the S-300 in Iran – AEI

Key Points

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  • The deployment of S-300 components to Iran is a strategic game changer in the Middle East, giving Iran a significant strategic advantage against regional states and significantly complicating US air operations.
  • The S-300 is the most advanced surface-to-air missile system available for export to potential enemies of the United States.
  • The US military can defeat the S-300, but only by devoting significant numbers of assets.
  • Deployment of the S-300 in Iran means the US will need to recalibrate its current mix of airframes in the Middle East.
  • Once Iran gains proficiency with the S-300, Russia may try to use the threat of exporting the S-400 to Iran as leverage against the United States.

The Strategic Impact of the S-300 in Iran – AEI

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

The new missile, say military experts familiar with the plans, is designed to “complicate enemy planning”. By positioning them on Japanese islands in the East China Sea and with a range that stretches to the edge of Japan’s territorial claims, the missiles would discourage naval aggression. If an attacking force were planning a landing on a Japanese island, its commander would need to destroy the missiles beforehand — in effect initiating conflict.

Japan’s move to build the missiles comes as the country strengthens its internal capability to develop military equipment after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended the country’s self-imposed ban on the export of weapons in 2014. The programme is part of a wider effort to reduce spending on foreign-made weaponry if a domestic alternative can be produced.

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

China Backlash Over U.S. Missile Shield Puts North Asia on Edge – Bloomberg

While South Korea says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. would be aimed at prickly neighbor North Korea, which has been busy of late test-firing missiles, China has reacted angrily, saying the shield could be applied to it. Russia has also opposed it being stationed in Asia.

The tensions, which could crimp Chinese tourism to South Korea and even the appetite for that country’s K-pop music, could also go some way to resetting the geopolitical landscape in North Asia. South Korea may move back toward the U.S., and that in turn could bring South Korea and Japan closer. China, meantime, finds itself potentially in North Korea’s corner.

China Backlash Over U.S. Missile Shield Puts North Asia on Edge – Bloomberg

Pentagon Advances Multi-Object Kill Vehicle to Destroy Enemy ICBMs & Decoys Simultaneously – Warrior – Scout

The new system, called Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, is designed to release from a Ground Based Interceptor and destroy approaching Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles, or ICBMs — and also take out decoys traveling alongside the incoming missile threat.

 “The multi-object kill vehicle program will enable the warfighter to counter more numerous and complex threats to the homeland by establishing the capacity to engage multiple objects from a single ground-based interceptor. This approach has the potential to shift the cost curve of missile defense by reducing the number of interceptors required to defeat the enemy,” Missile Defense Agency Spokeswoman Leah Garton told Scout Warrior. 

Pentagon Advances Multi-Object Kill Vehicle to Destroy Enemy ICBMs & Decoys Simultaneously – Warrior – Scout

TASS: Military & Defense – Iran gets missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system — media

Iran has received the first batch of missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Monday.

“The first batch of missiles of the S-300PMU2 has arrived in Iran. These systems will reinforce the air defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the news agency said in a statement.

Iran plans to place the air defense systems it has received from Russia on combat alert until the end of the current Iranian year ending on March 20, 2017, the news agency said.

TASS: Military & Defense – Iran gets missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system — media

Obama Admin Letting China, Russia Gain Missile Edge

China, Russia, and rogue states like Iran are investing in advanced missile technology that will threaten the United States.

The Obama administration’s defense policy has lagged in the field of missile deterrence, according to a new study from the Hudson Institute prepared with input from former officials and military leaders.

Increasing shortcomings in U.S. preparedness has encouraged other nations to prioritize development of missiles that threaten U.S. interests at home, abroad, and in space.

Obama Admin Letting China, Russia Gain Missile Edge

Kim says missile launch gives North Korea ‘capability’ to attack US in Pacific | Fox News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trumpeted the success of a powerful new midrange ballistic missile test that state media said Thursday propelled one of the weapons more than 870 miles high, saying it would allow strikes on U.S. forces throughout the region.

That ability would back up years of threats and boasts from North Korea and has long been a worry for the United States and its allies, Tokyo and Seoul. It explains in part North Korea’s tenacious testing of the Musudan missile, which was only a success after five failures in about two months. The missile’s potential 2,180-mile range puts much of Asia and the Pacific within reach.

Kim says missile launch gives North Korea ‘capability’ to attack US in Pacific | Fox News

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019 | Reuters

Russia is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a U.S.-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea too, sources close to its military predict.

That would fuel what is already the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War and put a swathe of territory in NATO members Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the cross-hairs.

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019 | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns he’ll retaliate against NATO missiles

Putin has a track record of acting on this threats, so Washington and NATO have to take him seriously, military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona (ret.) told CNN.

“I don’t think he wants to get into an armed confrontation with NATO,” Francona said, “but of course Washington has to look at this. He is a very maniacal personality and we’re not quite sure how he’s going to react to this.”

The missile installation in Romania is the first land-based defensive missile launcher in Europe. It is part of a larger NATO defense shield that includes a command-and-control center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, a radar installation in Turkey and four ships capable of identifying enemy missiles and firing their own SM-3s based in Rota, Spain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns he’ll retaliate against NATO missiles