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The Middle Eastern anti-missile race
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 02, 2005

Under the category "Russia is not our friend" (as we've mentioned a number of times on this blog) we find that Putin and the boys have decided that it is to their advantage to sell Iran the capability necessary to resist a missile attack while they develop their nuclear arms:
Iran has signed a deal to buy Russian tactical surface-to-air missile systems, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday.

Iran is to buy 29 TOR-M1 systems, designed to bring down aircraft and guided missiles at low altitudes, said the Vedomosti daily, citing Russian defense sources close the deal.

The deal is the biggest sale of Russian defense hardware to Iran for about 5 years, the newspaper said. It did not say how much the order was worth.

Defense industry officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Tehran is under intense international pressure after failing to convince the United States and others its nuclear scientists are working on fuel for power stations rather than bombs.

Russia is helping Iran build a nuclear power station at Bushehr.
If you were wondering why I said Russia saw it to be in there interest to make this deal, the last line should answer your question. While France, Germany and Britian attempt to get Teheran to stop their nuclear development program, Russia gives them literal cover to do so.

If you're interested in the capabilities of the TOR-M1 system, go here. But suffice it to say it is claimed to be very effective against cruise missiles with a pretty impressive reported kill ratio.

Coincidentally, another report surfacing today is about Israel's succesful test of it's own missile defense system:
Israel carried out a successful test of its Arrow missile defense system on Friday, intercepting and destroying a missile similar to Iran's long-range Shahab-3.

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said an effective shield is needed in light of Iran's threats against Israel and efforts to develop non-conventional weapons.

"The state of Israel, which is a clear target of each of these missiles and of the production stations of Iran's non-conventional weapons, reserves the right to have other capabilities to prevent this threat," he said.

The Shahab-3 can be equipped with nuclear warheads, and Tehran has said the missile could reach Israel and various U.S. military bases in the Middle East.
The Arrow's capabilities can be found here and the Shahab-3's here.

One has to wonder, now, whether the Iranians will feel confident enough in the capabilities of the TOR-M1 to continue their development of nukes despite warnings that there could be military repercussions if they do. And one has to further wonder if Israel's Arrow will give them the confidence to do what I'm sure many of the leadership see as a distinct possiblity, i.e. ensuring Iran isn't able to complete their nuclear weapons program.

We'll see.
 
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Pooty poot is not our friend? But Bush looked into his soul....
 
Written By: mkultra
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How can Israel strike at Iranian missile program? It is out of range of all Israeli weapon systems.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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How can Israel strike at Iranian missile program? It is out of range of all Israeli weapon systems.

Retaliation, Angus. With the Arrow, they supposedly can defeat any Iranian missile used to retaliate, be it nuclear or conventional.
 
Written By: McQ
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Wonder how the Russians will feel when Iran starts to infiltrate Chechenya and advocate its independence openly? Wonder how they will threaten Iran when the Persians have their own nukes? Pooty-Poo is being very stupid.
 
Written By: Kyle N
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How can Israel strike at Iranian missile program? It is out of range of all Israeli weapon systems.

I wonder if Idi Amin had been thinking the same thing...
 
Written By: J
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MK, if you are going to eschew content and go for clever or amusing, please be clever or amusing. You know that this one has been done to death in the cocoon. Well, it has also made the rounds elsewhere. Not even a nice try.
 
Written By: notherbob2
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Your all losers...

 
Written By: Mr. Bush
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That’s "you’re", not "your".

Geez.
 
Written By: McQ
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To be retaliation Israel will have needed to have done something.

A conventional attack on Iran will strain Israels capabilities. Launching a commando raid and against an undefended airport is not the same as attacking a nuke processing lab embedded in the side of a mountain. It is all hostile territory in between, so they would have to launch from probably Indian Ocean or maybe over fly KSA if Saudi Airforce is as useless as it is cracked up to be.

The Israelis do have range and ability to drop nukes on Iran, but would have to be surprisingly accurate with an ICBM to hit the lab.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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US are world n.1 biggest threath, not people (civilians) but government.
It s OK for US to have NUKES but not for Iran...screw u monkey bush.

US government lied about Vietnam, Iraq....they lie to you every day and you belive them.

Americans...try to understand where do u live!!!!
 
Written By: NicSOew
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US are world n.1 biggest threath, not people (civilians) but government.
It s OK for US to have NUKES but not for Iran...screw u monkey bush.

US government lied about Vietnam, Iraq....they lie to you every day and you belive them.

Americans...try to understand where do u live!!!!
 
Written By: NicSOew
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To be retaliation Israel will have needed to have done something.

Uh, yeah, which is why I said:
And one has to further wonder if Israel’s Arrow will give them the confidence to do what I’m sure many of the leadership see as a distinct possiblity, i.e. ensuring Iran isn’t able to complete their nuclear weapons program.
Unless you can think of a way, through negotiations, which Israel can stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program from coming to fruition, then you can figure out what action I’m talking about here?
 
Written By: McQ
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Unless you can think of a way, through negotiations, which Israel can stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program from coming to fruition, then you can figure out what action I’m talking about here?
Yep. They have to take out Irans nuke program. Agreed.

I figure a pre-emptive nuclear attack is the only guaranteed success, are you talking about the same thing?
 
Written By: Unaha-closp
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U guys are sick....threat to the world...listen yourself...
 
Written By: NicSOew
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US government lied about Vietnam, Iraq....they lie to you every day and you belive them.

Yeah, we’ll believe you, butt-monkey.

 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Most of u americans are sooo damn stupid...maybe because of McCrap food that u all eat......
 
Written By: NicSOew
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U are sheeps and Bush is your shepherd....do u really belive that US attaqcked Iraq because Bush wanted to free Iraq people...my god...I dont belive claims that Alqaida attacked US 2001....in fact Al qaida is sponosored by US government.

Btw. Did u know in what kind of connection are Bush and Bin Laden familly???
 
Written By: NicSOew
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Most of u americans are sooo damn stupid...maybe because of McCrap food that u all eat.....

Really? So what’s your excuse?
 
Written By: McQ
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Brainwashed people.....All Europe thinks this way!
 
Written By: NicSOew
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