Russia to deploy 'star wars' missile system in 2017, report says

Aug 30, 2013
Russian-built multiple launch rocket systems fire during joint military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Khujand, Tajikistan, on June 10, 2012. Russia's defence ministry plans to deploy in 2017 a sophisticated new air missile defence system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies on Friday.

Russia's defence ministry plans to deploy in 2017 a sophisticated new air missile defence system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies on Friday.

"The promising S-500 air defence missile system is at the development stage. It's planned to be deployed in 2017," the source was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

The long-range system will be able to destroy targets even if they are in space and cover the whole Russian territory, the source added.

Russia is developing more and more effective missile for use as a deterrent while opposing plans by the United States to build a missile defence shield in Europe.

Russia says its most advanced anti-aircraft and anti-missile system currently in use, the S-400 Triumph, has a range of 400 kilometres.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last year that Russia's armed forces would acquire around 28 S-400s over the following decade.

Russia has declined to cancel hugely controversial contracts to supply Syria with four of its powerful S-300 air defence missile systems, a deal that has sparked international concern.

Putin in June praised the S-300s as the best such systems in the world and said Russia had not yet delivered the systems to Syria to avoid changing the balance of power in the region.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Izvestia pro-Kremlin daily on Monday that all Syria's contracts with Russia were being fulfilled.

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PacRim Jim
2.3 / 5 (13) Aug 30, 2013
Remember the stink Russia raised when the U.S. sought to deploy such missiles.
Hypocrites.
patnclaire
1 / 5 (2) Aug 30, 2013
It's about time. They have had enough sympathetic people working in and around the anti missile systems for the last 10 years. I would have supposed that they have delivered some really good material already like the sympathizers did with Los Alamos in 1945.
GSwift7
3.8 / 5 (10) Aug 30, 2013
This is just another warning against intervention of USA and western allies into Syria


This is a strange news story. It kinda changes topic from the begining to the end (S-500, S-400, Syrian politics). Not sure how this ended up here on this site. It seems out of place except for the picture of the MLRS, which has nothing to do with the text of the story.

I assume you're talking about the part where they talk about the S-400's they're selling to Syria? You could be right, but we little people almost never hear enough of the details to make an informed opinion about this stuff. As long as Russia doesn't sell them to someone who would use them to shoot down a passenger jet, I really don't think it's a big deal.

The US can certainly still attack Syria if they really wanted to. We've lost more planes to training accidents than we lose to advanced AA weapons. Iraq had loads of top Russian gear.
Modernmystic
1.5 / 5 (6) Aug 30, 2013
Remember the stink Russia raised when the U.S. sought to deploy such missiles.
Hypocrites.


Indeed, and as I remember we were "properly" cowed and displayed "proper" international spirit by NOT deploying the system.

I wonder how the Russians would react if they were called out in kind....
dtxx
3.3 / 5 (14) Aug 30, 2013
What I really want more than anything is for the US not to get involved and not to spend another single cent on Syria. Russia is opposed to any type of regime change supported by the US, and regime change in general, because otherwise Putin may find himself inspecting a guillotine up close.

They are selling S-300s to Syria. Looking at their capabilities, most models can barely reach the lowest orbits of satellites, and I seriously doubt they would have much chance of shooting one down. They are mostly outdated and would not have any effect against a strike by the US or other major military.

Still, I hate this idea of arming the most violent people in the most violent areas. It's like being a pawnshop owner and selling someone the handgun they use to come back and stick you up the next day. If Syria wants modern SAMs, let them get their shit together, develop a tech sector, and build it themselves.

Modernmystic
2.8 / 5 (11) Aug 30, 2013
What I really want more than anything is for the US not to get involved and not to spend another single cent on Syria.


Agreed.

Still, I hate this idea of arming the most violent people in the most violent areas. It's like being a pawnshop owner and selling someone the handgun they use to come back and stick you up the next day. If Syria wants modern SAMs, let them get their shit together, develop a tech sector, and build it themselves.


Agreed and well said.
kochevnik
1.3 / 5 (12) Aug 30, 2013
"Six weeks ago one of a fleet of five German built Israeli Dolphin Class submarines broke surface in the Eastern Mediterranean. As it let loose its cruise missiles on Syria, as various reports claimed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hoped the world would not notice."

Note western media is completely banning this fact
kochevnik
1.3 / 5 (13) Aug 30, 2013
Oh no support for US imperial invasion of Syria collapsed in UK

"They say that the US is a declining superpower but it has just lost one of its closest military allies. The Prime Minister himself says that he has heard the voice of the people and they don't want it."

"and it was joking around - this is a joint intelligence memo by a man called John Doe. " - So zionist puppet John Doe is the USA's secret information source! What a pathetic failure!

Next CBS will have Obama reading from the Jewish Defense League website instead of his teleprompter. He will declare it his mandate to kill anything that moves strangely, just in case. He will drone the boys who set off a soda can on a doorstep in Oklahoma, which the police and court decided was WMD
kochevnik
1.4 / 5 (10) Aug 30, 2013
It's great that America has a president with the power of life and death over all his subjects. That's technically god's job, but his calls just go to voicemail. On the other hand, the NSA listens!
alfie_null
4 / 5 (4) Aug 31, 2013
International high-tech arms sales seem to be mostly symbolic. Being able to gainfully employ such arms is a rare occurrence. Either the circumstances aren't right, or the ability to use the arms is lacking.

Kochevnik: Pot-kettle-black. Care to say anything about Putin's power of life and death? Or the KGB, where he spent his formative years? Or do you live in a country where you could end up experiencing serious pain for being critical of your president?
XZizeR
not rated yet Aug 31, 2013
The US can certainly still attack Syria if they really wanted to. We've lost more planes to training accidents than we lose to advanced AA weapons. Iraq had loads of top Russian gear.


lol top Russian gear? dude, Iraqis army had old USSR gear from 70's.
it's possble to deal with such a weapon but if USA doesn't afraid from this AA defense system, then why they're afraid Russia sell it to Iran, Syria and Libya?
Requiem
1.8 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2013
The US can certainly still attack Syria if they really wanted to. We've lost more planes to training accidents than we lose to advanced AA weapons. Iraq had loads of top Russian gear.


lol top Russian gear? dude, Iraqis army had old USSR gear from 70's.
it's possble to deal with such a weapon but if USA doesn't afraid from this AA defense system, then why they're afraid Russia sell it to Iran, Syria and Libya?


Well, for one, an S-300 in Syria would be able to shoot down commercial flights over the airport in Tel Aviv... Strategic political planning is often much like chess. Syria having that capability is unacceptable to Israel when you look at the situation through this lens, it's like replacing a pawn with a knight, and would limit Israeli political options in much the same way.
ChangBroot
1 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2013
It's amazing how PHYS supports terrorism by making "the other guy look bad." This article has no place here, but they put it to gain some support for the terrorist US to attack Syria for because the US-made chemical bombs were used. Sent by the CIA and used by the moron rebels.

On the other hand, almost everyone here acts illogically by calling the Russians as bad guys. Since when did we hate a country (specially the biggest one) for defending itself? Don't compare the Russia with the US. US is building defense shields on OTHER countries, while Russia is building on its own soil. HUGE DIFFERENCE. Also, US has murdered, tortured, stole resources and destroyed more countries since 9/11, than Russia has done since its existence. The US destroyed more of Syria in less than 3 years of supporting the rebels, that Russians did not even do to Afghanistan in their direct invasion for more than a decade. Turning a blind eye to US's ENORMOUS crimes does not make the US a good "guy."
kochevnik
1 / 5 (5) Sep 01, 2013
International high-tech arms sales seem to be mostly symbolic. Being able to gainfully employ such arms is a rare occurrence. Either the circumstances aren't right, or the ability to use the arms is lacking.
If so, then the USA is the world's largest exporter of 'SYMBOLS'
Kochevnik: Pot-kettle-black. Care to say anything about Putin's power of life and death
Putin does not have death lists nor does he claim the right to openly kill Russians anywhere and anytime he pleases.
Or the KGB, where he spent his formative years?
You mean in contrast to the NSA, School of the Americas rape training center or Guantanamo or your Craft terrorists for hire working the Boston bombings?
Or do you live in a country where you could end up experiencing serious pain for being critical of your president?
You mean like Snowden and Bradley Manning or Michael Hastings whose car exploded blocks from my hotel?
antialias_physorg
2 / 5 (4) Sep 02, 2013
Or the KGB, where he spent his formative years?

Did you know that Bush sr. was director of the CIA?