Category Archives: Missiles

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.

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“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

Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? | The National Interest

“Bechtol thinks it unlikely Pyongyang obtained Western technology, so the leading candidates for the source of this missile are Russia and China.”

As Bechtol points out, the North Koreans are adept at stealing weapons tech, buying it, and getting it with the help of rogue scientists and engineers. “All that is certain today is that the North Koreans did not develop this missile system completely on their own,” he told me, “and the missile fired Sunday as a land-based missile and several months ago as an SLBM has almost exactly the same appearance and capabilities as the Chinese JL-1.”

“This is truly dangerous,” Fisher tells me. North Korea has “crossed the line from failure-prone, liquid-engine, long-range missiles to long-range, solid-fuel ones.” And now, having made it to the other side of the threshold, it can make rapid improvements: “We can now expect the North will soon produce solid-fuel, intermediate- and intercontinental-range ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.”

Moreover, to make matters worse, the Pukguksong-2 is carried on a transporter-erector-launcher, essentially a truck. That means the North Koreans can hide missiles before shooting them.

Did North Korea Just Launch a Chinese Missile? | The National Interest

Given that North Korea and Iran are working together on missiles and nuclear weapons, it won’t be long before Iran has the same technology if it doesn’t have it already.

Trump Must Respond to Russia’s New Nuclear Missile | RealClearDefense

Political science research shows the best response to such a situation is tit-for-tat. By retaliating in kind, the United States can demonstrate that there are costs for noncompliance, and incentivize Russia to live up to its commitments. If Moscow still doesn’t come around, then at least Washington has the military capabilities to offset Russia’s advantage.

This is exactly the “dual-track” approach that NATO followed with the deployment of Pershing missiles in Europe in the 1980s. Moscow knows it has more to lose from an intermediate nuclear arms race in Europe and this strategy frightened then Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev to sign up to the INF in the first place.

Trump Must Respond to Russia’s New Nuclear Missile | RealClearDefense

Russia’s Dangerous Nuclear Forces are Back | The National Interest Blog

The United States is claiming that Russia has secretly deployed two battalions of land-based nuclear-tipped cruise missiles in violation of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. According to the New York Times, U.S. officials claim that the Kremlin has deployed two battalions worth of SSC-8 cruise missiles—better known by its Russian designation 9M729—in the Kapustin Yar region.

Russia’s Dangerous Nuclear Forces are Back | The National Interest Blog

Russia Deploys Air Defense Missiles for Massive Drills – ABC News

The latest air defense drills come not too long after nuclear war drills for 40 million people. Russia is practicing its response to an air attack, but who is going to attack Russia?

The Russian military has deployed its air defense missiles around Moscow as part of massive drills, to practice response to an air attack.

The Defense Ministry said S-300 and S-400 air defense missile systems were involved in the drills Wednesday.

Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin told foreign military attaches that the maneuvers launched Tuesday involve 45,000 troops, about 150 aircraft and 200 air defense missile systems.

Russia Deploys Air Defense Missiles for Massive Drills – ABC News

S-400 air defense systems mobilized near Moscow in snap exercise — RT News

The snap exercise will last until Thursday, Fomin added. The Russian official said it is meant to test how prepared Russia is to repel a possible attack.

“During the test we pay special attention to the deployment of air defense and the readiness of aviation groups to respond to an aggression,” he said, before detailing how exactly Russia was moving its troops during the exercise.

The briefing came amid alarmed reports in some Western media outlets which claimed that the exercise indicated Russian preparations for war.

S-400 air defense systems mobilized near Moscow in snap exercise — RT News

Oct. 3, 2016: West is bent on nuclear war, Russia tells people | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

As international tensions mount over Syria, Russian state media and officials have begun preparing the country for the terrifying possibility of nuclear war with the West.

“Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow,” read the headline of an article last week on the website of Zvezda, the defence ministry TV channel. It claimed that the US was seeking to punish Russia for its willingness to challenge it in the Middle East.

West is bent on nuclear war, Russia tells people | World | The Times & The Sunday Times

Oct 5, 2016: Russia launches massive nuclear war training exercise with ’40 million people’ | The Independent

Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow,’ says Russian government-run TV network

The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in the event of a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West.

Lasting three days, the exercise bing run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians.

Russia launches massive nuclear war training exercise with ’40 million people’ | The Independent

What these drills show is that Russia is getting very serious about attacking America with nuclear weapons.

Why?

Russia wants its sphere of influence back and NATO (America) stands in the way. In 2008 one Russian defense analyst said that if the US hinders the Russian sphere of influence then prepare for nuclear war.

US, Japan conduct successful missile interception test – CNNPolitics.com

The US and Japan have passed a crucial test for missile defense, shooting down a medium-range ballistic missile with a new interceptor launched from a guided-missile destroyer.

The US Missile Defense Agency announced that the USS John Paul Jones detected, tracked and took out the target ballistic missile using its onboard Aegis Missile Defense System and a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor.

The test took place Friday night off the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

US, Japan conduct successful missile interception test – CNNPolitics.com

South China Sea: Beijing’s military ramp-up is nearly complete, Sir Angus Houston says

While strengthening its presence in the South China Sea is a long-term goal for Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping has previously pledged not to “militarise” the disputed region.

But US military officials have told a different story, claiming Beijing has “hundreds” of surface-to-air missiles that will be moved to the disputed islands over coming months.

“In my view it is too late to stop the China program in the South China Sea,” said Sir Angus. “What is important now is to ensure freedom of navigation and the right of innocent passage.

South China Sea: Beijing’s military ramp-up is nearly complete, Sir Angus Houston says

Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered – BBC News

Benjamin Netanyahu’s condemnation of the Iranian missile test is clearly intended to push the new Trump administration to take action against Tehran.

Iran will be high on the agenda when the two men meet in mid-February, though it is as much Iran’s regional activities as its missile programme that worries the Israelis.

Iran’s missile tests are controversial. While they do not break the terms of the nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers – this did not cover missile development – they may well be a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu: Iran missile test must not go unanswered – BBC News