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December 7, 2004

Russia reveals new missile threat

Topics: International News

Starting the morning off today with Russia. The news on their much-talked-about-in-advance missile is out, you'll recall that Putin referred to it on Nov 17 this year. More disturbing is a Sept 04 article on the Army's website entitled "The Death of Disarmament in Russia." After reading the below article you'll want to read the Army article for a little bit of sobering perspective.

Daily Times - Pakistan, reports today:

MOSCOW: Russia revealed on Monday it was fitting its strategic bombers with cruise missiles capable of delivering a massive precision strike thousands of miles away - giving away the first clear hint of its post-Cold War military strategy.

"Russia's long-range air force finally has a new weapon," the government's Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily announced in a headline. "We have a strategic cruise missile with a non-nuclear warhead."

The technology appears to be similar to cruise missiles that the United States has long attached to its own intercontinental bombers like the B-2 Stealth bomber.

The announcement followed months of cryptic statements from President Vladimir Putin and his top generals that Russia was developing a new missile programme that is a step ahead of any Western rivals - including technology developed by the United States.

Generals announced earlier this year the successful tests of a hypersonic intercontinental missile that has no officially-confirmed rival in the United States.

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- A Russian Topol-M ICBM is launched from a site in Plesetsk in 1999.

Moscow is also believed to be developing a multi-stage intercontinental ballistic missile that uses cruise missile technology to zigzag and avoid being shot down once it re-enters the earth's atmosphere.

But the latest technology announced Monday would see old Soviet-era conventional missiles be carried by strategic bombers with a global range.  Read More at Daily Times in Pakistan...

As I said in my preface to the above article, CNN reported back on Nov 17 that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country's armed forces will soon have access to advanced nuclear missile systems unavailable in any other country. That in the context of the Army article I also referred to makes for some interesting perspectives to consider.

Posted by Hyscience at December 7, 2004 7:18 AM

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