Category Archives: Missiles

Why Russia Will Keep Cheating on the INF Treaty | Small Wars Journal

As such, Russia has signaled a willingness to remilitarize Europe. In the event of a military crisis, Russia could use these weapons as a bargaining chip to force NATO to back down from challenging Russian aggression. Most notably, Germany has opposed the re-militarization and pushed for the denuclearization of Europe. It is difficult to imagine German leaders supporting a more robust nuclear posture in central Europe such as increasing NATO’s nuclear arsenal or deploying nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe, to respond to Russian aggression.

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In the long term, Putin has likely calculated that weakening NATO’s deterrence posture provides greater benefits than any punitive damaged incurred from violating the INF treaty. As US policymakers develop a response, they should understand what has driven Moscow to develop and deploy these missiles: China’s growing military power, Putin’s desire to exploit political divisions in NATO, and Russian military doctrine. Therefore, we must develop a policy that reduces the incentives that have pushed Moscow to violate the INF treaty.

Why Russia Will Keep Cheating on the INF Treaty | Small Wars Journal

China Warns of Arms Race After U.S. Deploys Missile Defense in South Korea – The New York Times

Under its deal with Washington, South Korea is providing the land for the missile system and will build the base, but the United States will pay for the system, to be built by Lockheed Martin, as well as its operational costs.

A C-17 cargo plane landed at the United States military’s Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, on Monday evening, carrying two trucks, each mounted with a Thaad launchpad. More equipment and personnel will start arriving in the coming weeks, South Korean military officials said.

The South Korean Defense Ministry declined to specify when the system would be operational. But the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that the deployment was likely to be completed in one or two months, with the system ready for use by April.

China Warns of Arms Race After U.S. Deploys Missile Defense in South Korea – The New York Times

North Korea’s missile launch shows program is speeding up, experts say – CNN.com

North Korea’s missile program is evolving, experts say, as the country develops and produces missiles at a faster rate, and deploys them in ways which potentially help evade new and existing defenses.

“They did a launch a month ago, they’re now launching (more) in 30 days, that’s a third of the time they used to need,” Carl Schuster, Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the US Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center told CNN.

North Korea’s missile launch shows program is speeding up, experts say – CNN.com

U.S. Starts Deploying Thaad Antimissile System in South Korea, After North’s Tests – The New York Times

Alarmed over North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior, the United States said Tuesday that it had started to deploy an antimissile system in South Korea that China has angrily opposed as a threat to its security.

The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad, came after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles on Monday, apparently in response to joint naval exercises by South Korea and the United States. Those launchings led South Korea to call for the accelerated deployment of Thaad.

U.S. Starts Deploying Thaad Antimissile System in South Korea, After North’s Tests – The New York Times

China retaliates against THAAD antimissile system by banning tour group travel to South Korea — Quartz

China couldn’t get its way with South Korea, so it’s striking back hard.

Korean state media Yonhap reported yesterday (March 2) that China’s national tourism administration has told travel agencies to stop selling group packages and offering free trips from Beijing to South Korea. Since July, relations between Beijing and Seoul have been icy after South Korea agreed to let the US deploy an antimissile system, a move China strongly opposes.
China has responded to the antimissile system, called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, …

China retaliates against THAAD antimissile system by banning tour group travel to South Korea — Quartz

Build Limited Missile Defenses Against Russian, Chinese Strikes: Experts « Breaking Defense

“The reemergence of a belligerent Russia with the largest missile inventory in the world… presents an existential threat to the United States and its allies,” writes Henry “Trey” Obering, former director of the Missile Defense Agency. “We must use this inflection point to build the next generation of missile defense needed, not only to meet the rogue nation threat (i.e. North Korea and Iran), but also the threats posed by Russia and China as well.”

Build Limited Missile Defenses Against Russian, Chinese Strikes: Experts « Breaking Defense

Farewell to an Arms Treaty | RealClearDefense

Summary
A long-embattled arms control pact signed by Moscow and Washington in 1987 took its biggest hit yet this month. On Feb. 14, allegations emerged that the Russians had deployed operational units equipped with missiles that violate the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). In response, three U.S. senators introduced the INF Preservation Act, which among other measures calls for the United States to develop its own prohibited missiles. The precarious state of the treaty adds urgency to questions about the potential consequences of its demise, particularly since both countries have growing incentives to abandon the pact. Withdrawal by either Moscow or Washington would compel a rapid build-up of short- and medium-range missiles by both militaries, a surge of investment in missile defense, and a boost to U.S. capabilities in the Western Pacific.

Analysis
When the Soviet Union and the United States signed the INF treaty, it effectively ended a destabilizing build up of ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with short to intermediate ranges, defined as 500-5,500 kilometers (311-3,418 miles). Since then, nearly 3,000 missiles have been eliminated — most of which would have been deployed on the European continent — making the INF a foundational arms control agreement credited with slowing the arms race between Russia and the United States. Outright withdrawal from the treaty by either government would severely hamper future arms control efforts and accelerate an already-intensifying arms race focused on nuclear modernization.

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Farewell to an Arms Treaty | RealClearDefense

Russia To Send Iran $1 Billion-Worth Of Missile Defenses | The Daily Caller

Russia’s massive contract to provide Iran with air defense missile systems is worth nearly $1 billion dollars, according to the head of Russia’s Rostec corporation.

Iran wants to buy the Russian S-300 air defense missile system, considered one of the most effective anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile systems in existence.

“The S-300 cost about one billion dollars,” Sergey Chemezov told the media Monday. “We were through with the supplies of S-300. No plans for anything are on the agenda.”

Russia To Send Iran $1 Billion-Worth Of Missile Defenses | The Daily Caller

Israel boosts missile defenses against Hezbollah – UPI.com

Israel’s midlevel anti-missile system known as David’s Sling is close to becoming operation­al just as tensions are building once more between the United States and Iran.

The system passed its final tests in January amid expectations that it could soon be deployed to de­fend sensitive sites in Israel against Hezbollah’s arsenal of missiles and rockets, estimated by Israel at about 140,000 of all types.

Israel boosts missile defenses against Hezbollah – UPI.com

Hezbollah said to have obtained ‘game-changing’ anti-ship missiles | The Times of Israel

Hezbollah’s possession of the Yakhont missiles was revealed by unnamed Western intelligence officials over the weekend at the Munich Security Conference, where world leaders and defense ministers are meeting to discuss major security issues, according to a report in the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth. The reports did not reveal in what forum the revelations were made.

If true, Hezbollah’s possession of the missiles would represent a serious threat to Israeli interests in the Mediterranean; endangering both Israeli commercial vessels sailing in shipping lanes off the Lebanese coast and the ability of Israeli Navy ships to operate in and around Lebanese waters.

Hezbollah said to have obtained ‘game-changing’ anti-ship missiles | The Times of Israel