Russia to develop naval missile defense system

Aug 31, 2012

(AP)—A top defense industry official reportedly says Russia plans to develop its own sea-based missile interceptor program similar to the U.S. Aegis system.

The Aegis radar systems technology is carried by warships with interceptors and can destroy missiles mid-flight. It is part of the U.S.-led NATO plan to deploy elements in Europe that has long irritated Moscow.

The U.S. says Aegis would stave off threats from rogue nations such as Iran. Moscow contends it would undermine Russia's nuclear forces.

Anatoly Shlemov of the United Shipbuilding Company told the RIA Novosti news agency Friday that the "has definitely assigned a task" for Russia's defense industry to come up with naval missile interceptors.

Shlemov refused to elaborate because the plans are classified.

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antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Aug 31, 2012
Yay...another arms race. Anyone have any cash left for useless weapons systems?
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2012
Anti, how effective is Germany at preventing Iran from weaponizing U?
Or doesn't Germany really care since Iran shares the same animosity towards Israel as Germans do?
Just remember, any fallout from a nuclear attack on Israel will drift over Europe.
roboferret
5 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2012
Anti, how effective is Germany at preventing Iran from weaponizing U?
Or doesn't Germany really care since Iran shares the same animosity towards Israel as Germans do?
Just remember, any fallout from a nuclear attack on Israel will drift over Europe.


I think you missed the news.
Hitler is dead. WW2 is over. You really missed out, we had a party and everything.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Aug 31, 2012
Anti, how effective is Germany at preventing Iran from weaponizing U?

Not very. But after all: There is NOTHING illegal about Iran weaponinzing its uranium.

Or doesn't Germany really care since Iran shares the same animosity towards Israel as Germans do?

Our politicians don't really care, since - much like with every other nation in the ME or Europe that has WMDs - we're not at war in Iran and see no reason why that should change.

Just remember, any fallout from a nuclear attack on Israel will drift over Europe.

I think you mistake Iranians for idiots. They may want a nuke - but they certainly aren't going to launch/use one. MAD works for Iran/Israel just it like it worked for the US and Russia.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Aug 31, 2012
Which would you prefer, Russia in an offensive arms race, creating more ballistic missiles for attack or spending resources on a weapon system that can DEFEND against ballistic missile attack?
I'm not sure why Russia thinks it needs such a system though unless they are worried about Iran, Pakistan, DPRK and China.

antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (4) Aug 31, 2012
'm not sure why Russia thinks it needs such a system

Russia has never been in an offensive arms race. They have never had an offensive navy. They have never had a large bomber fleet (reserach the bomber gap, missile gap and submarine gap lies. Yep: propaganda was/is as alive and well in the west as in the east).

What russia did develop during the cold war was a second strike ability. The american missile defense plans undermine that ability.

The american forces have always been an offensive/aggressive force mix geared towards carrying out overseas invasions (ample examples for that in recent history). I can understand where the russians get nervous when the last thing that keeps americans from invading russia is nullified by a missile shield. So they react with making sure that their second strike ability remains intact. They're not worried about China or Pakistan. They're worried about the only country that leads wara of invasion in the past 50 years: The US.
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (3) Aug 31, 2012
Anti is not socialist, he is a Soviet communist.
HarshMistress
5 / 5 (3) Sep 01, 2012
ryggesogn2:

I'm not sure why Russia thinks it needs such a system though unless they are worried about Iran, Pakistan, DPRK and China.

Hmm, let's see:

- Missile defense system in Poland and Check Republic,
- TWO naval basis on the Black Sea in Bulgaria, and one in Romania,
- Georgia and Ukraine soon joining the NATO (a matter of time),
- Military bases in Mongolia,
- Military bases in all those "Stan" countries, former USSR republics,
- Proliferation of nuclear technology to India,
- Iran under permanent threat by NATO,
- Pakistan, a proud owner of nukes delivered by Reagan administration...

A whole chain of NATO (USA) military installations and political instability tightening around Russia, under the auspices of peace-guarantying USA.

I'm not sure why Russia thinks it needs such a system though unless they are worried about Iran, Pakistan, DPRK and China.

Breaking news:

-Iran, Russia, China, Syria to Stage Biggest Joint Wargames in Middle-East
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Sep 01, 2012
Anti is not socialist, he is a Soviet communist.

No. I just tend to read news delivered from all sides - not just from one side.

Yes: All the news are biased. But if you think the news from one country (possibly your own) are not biased or not chock full of propaganda then you're hopelessly naive to the realities of the world.

(And BTW - what is so bad about communism? Jesus was a communist, and most people - even atheists like myself - think that the man (if he existed) was a pretty OK guy)
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Sep 01, 2012
what is so bad about communism?

Nothing if you like people to be murdered by the state.
"Communism has been the greatest social engineering experiment we have ever seen. It failed utterly and in doing so it killed over 100,000,000 men, women, and children, not to mention the near 30,000,000 of its subjects that died in its often aggressive wars and the rebellions it provoked."
http://www.hawaii....ART.HTM

Or like to spy on your neighbors. Watch "Das Leben der Anderen"?

As for biased news,...
USSR: "because of Duranty's erroneous and mostly biased reports during 1931-33 denying Stalin's forced famine in the Ukraine, during which as many as seven million farmers died."
China: "It is estimated that between 30-80 million died of starvation "

http://www.americ...nty.html
ryggesogn2
1 / 5 (2) Sep 01, 2012
(And BTW - what is so bad about communism?


"The effort was timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the 1932-33 famine, which claimed as many as 7 million Ukrainian lives. Josef Stalin's regime created the famine to force Ukrainian peasants into surrendering their land. "
"But Duranty was eventually criticized for reporting the Communist line rather than the facts. According to the 1990 book "Stalin's Apologist," by Sally J. Taylor, Duranty knew of the famine but ignored the atrocities to preserve his access to Stalin. The famine came in 1933, a year after Duranty won his Pulitzer. "
http://www.usatod...er_x.htm

"In a New York Times column titled 'The news we kept to
ourselves,' he confessed that CNN habitually suppressed stories of torture,
mutilation, and other atrocities –"
http://likud.nl/2...derland/