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Subject: Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense
DragonReborn    2/19/2004 3:08:12 AM
Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense Russias latest ICBM seem to be a hybrid of ballistic missile and cruise missile, allowing the new Russian missiles to manouver during trajectory and thus make interception almost impossible.,1,482069.story?coll=la-headlines-world By Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer MOSCOW — After two days of high-profile military exercises, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Wednesday that Russia had successfully tested a new strategic missile system, a development that analysts said could allow nuclear warheads to avoid U.S. defenses. Putin, who is seeking reelection next month, did not identify the system, which he said would allow "deep maneuvering" of Russia's long-range missiles. Russian and U.S. military analysts said his cryptic description could mean that Russia has developed a "maneuverable reentry vehicle" — a technology under development for decades that could provide a rudimentary guidance system for intercontinental missiles and render them difficult or impossible to destroy. "Not a single country in the world has such a weapons system at the moment," Putin said, adding that the new "powerful means of warfare" would be deployed with the Strategic Rocket Forces "in the near future." The Cold War ended with the breakup of the Soviet Union, but Putin's announcement at the conclusion of Russia's biggest nuclear exercise in 20 years is a signal that Russia is prepared to commit billions of dollars to continue an arms race with the U.S. "This illustrates that the U.S. and Russia both continue to develop ever more modern and deadly ballistic missile systems, and the Cold War continues, despite the friendly words from Putin and despite the so-called arms-reduction treaty which they agreed to last year," said Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Assn., an arms control advocacy group in Washington. The Pentagon downplayed the announcement, saying that regardless of any successful test of new missile guidance technology, Russia has long had the capability to defeat the $30.2-billion antimissile defense program to be deployed in the U.S. this year, if only through the size of its ballistic missile inventory. But former Assistant Defense Secretary Phil Coyle, now a senior advisor at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, said that if the Russians had developed a maneuverable warhead, "I think it would be very alarming to the Pentagon, because this would represent a kind of threat against which no missile defense system would be effective." Putin's announcement followed a frustrating day during which an RSM-54 ballistic missile, launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea, suddenly veered off course 98 seconds after launch and self-destructed. There were widespread reports a day earlier that submarine crews had tried and failed to launch two RSM-54s while Putin was aboard a nearby submarine, in a widely televised preelection demonstration of his role as commander of the armed forces. Russian naval officials said the earlier launches were not failures, but were intended all along as simulations. Several successful launches buttressed Putin's announcement of the new system. The military ended the exercise with the launch of a Topol RS-12M missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, an RS-18 missile from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and a military satellite. Russian officials refused to define the new system tested during the launches, except to say it was a supersonic missile capable of "deep maneuvering, both in altitude and course." Analysts said Russia has looked at equipping its state-of-the-art Topol missile with multiple warheads, an option that would greatly reduce the weapon's vulnerability to the U.S. missile defense system, which is designed to attack one warhead at a time. Not long after President Bush pulled out of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty in order to pursue the new defense program — now under preliminary construction in Alaska — Russian military leaders announced they no longer felt bound by previous agreements that prohibited missiles with multiple warheads. But several Russian military analysts said Moscow probably had tested a long-range missile with guidance capability — the equivalent of a space cruise missile. "The president is talking about an intercontinental missile which is capable of aerodynamic maneuvering in space or in the atmosphere, meaning … a hybrid between a ballistic missile and a cruise missile," said Alexei G. Arbatov, former deputy chief of the parliament's defense committee and now a security specialist at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. Alexander Golts, defense analyst for the journal Yezhenedelny, said Putin probably has in mind a missile that could change its trajectory once separated from its rocket.
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carbuff    RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense   2/25/2004 5:43:52 PM
Well yes there are things worse then war (like Losing a war for example). But what the cookie guys is trying to say (and I would agree it is an over simplification) is that the US has the most powerful military buy about 10 orders of magnitude over its closest potential rival. It seems kinda ironic to me that the most powerful country in the world is also the most fearful. It seems to me all those billions in defence spending don't even seem to buy peace of mind.
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Big Bad Pariah    RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - NuclearRenegade   3/10/2004 10:56:23 PM
The new missile Russia tested was most likely a product of the Cold War. Apparently the project started back in the early 1980s to counter Reagan's 'Star Wars' project.
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ghettovet    RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - NuclearRenegade   3/18/2004 11:56:57 PM
Thats funny because i was under the impression that NO effective defense for incoming BALLISTIC missiles has ever been developed. There is a huge difference between hitting a few scuds and knocking down incoming MIRVs. For one thing, you have to intercept at an extremely high altitude. Also, the soviets employed overkill and decoys to counter any effective defense as well as to account for things like mechanical failure, weather, and missed targets.(as did the US) And by the way, one of the SALT treaties, i believe it was SAlT #1 restricted the use of ABM systems to only ONE city per country. The US had the Nike system around DC but quickly realized that is was not going to work and dismantled it. Moscow was ringed by the Golosh system. (which if i am correct, carried the largest single warhead ever put on top of a rocket. Several MT i think) I am not sure however, how the salt treaties were handled after the fall of the USSR, but i think they are still active. Sleep well GV
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Slade    RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - NuclearRenegade   3/19/2004 12:47:36 PM
Everyone US/Russia(Sov's) agreed at the time that any treaty signed by the Sov's was still valid, it's an arguable point but is consistant with precident that says treaties survive leadership change in signitory countries. Though to be honest I wouldn't be suprised if the precident goes both ways. Bush announced several months ago (minimum) that we were withdrawing from the ABM treaty as is allowed for, there was a big stink about it in the media at the time.
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   RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - NuclearRenegade   4/9/2004 12:21:41 AM
This is a partial truth - there was an extremely effective missile defense system deployed by the United States during the 50s and subsequently dismantled in order to comply with the ABM treaty. In essence, it involved firing a salvo of air-burst nuclear missiles into the path of incoming ICBMs. A very brute, but effective, methodology..
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Nichevo    RE:Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - NuclearRenegade   5/30/2004 2:11:52 AM
safeguard/sprint were problematic in terms of performance; too much contamination, iirc. the russians actually had a tolerable amount of faith in thheir system, comprising chiefly the massed capabilities of the Soviet air defense network centred around Moscow, uincluding rings of S-300 batteries (Galosh?) calculated (with, i believe, the use of nukes) to provide a significant point defense capability for certain target areas. Of course the world may never know ;>
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gf0012-aust    Russia Tests Missile That Could Evade U.S. Defense - Nichevo   5/30/2004 2:20:18 AM
Galosh/Gammon was an A-35 system/A350 missile that came out in the 60's. S300 is completely different.
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