November 24, 2006

Russia Delivers U.S. Missile Targets To Iran

How thoughtful:

Russia has begun deliveries of the Tor-M1 air defence rocket system to Iran, Russian news agencies quoted military industry sources as saying, in the latest sign of a Russian-US rift over Iran.

"Deliveries of the Tor-M1 have begun. The first systems have already been delivered to Tehran," ITAR-TASS quoted an unnamed, high-ranking source as saying Friday.

The United States has pressed Russia to halt military sales to Iran, which Washington accuses of harbouring secret plans to build a nuclear weapon.

Moscow has consistently defended its weapons trade with Iran. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the contract for 29 rocket systems, signed in December last year, was legitimate because the Tor-M1 has a purely defensive role.

ITAR-TASS reported that the rockets were to be deployed around Iran's nuclear sites, including the still incomplete, Russian-built atomic power station at Bushehr.

Isn't that nice of the Russians to deliver a short-range missile system designed to take on low to mid-level targets, knowing that we have long-range anti-radar missiles to counter them?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 24, 2006 10:01 AM | TrackBack

Good swindle.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at November 24, 2006 08:33 PM

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Posted by: DemocracyRules at November 24, 2006 10:25 PM

Why don't we buy one or two of these missile systems and reverse engineer the countermeasures for rendering it useless?

Posted by: RayM at November 25, 2006 03:21 PM

WE DON'T HAVE TO NUKE anyone, because we are winning the war, and (1) North Korea has no usable weapons; their "fizzle" shot occurred because they only have REACTOR grade plutonium (80% pure or less), which could only be refined to weapons grade at enormous cost. They don't have significant usable uranium, (3) Most Russian nukes are mothballed and have degraded to an unusable state, (4) Iran has no idea what they're doing, and Russia is just taking their money. Iran seems to have hoped to get a North Korea nuke, but now realize that huge, ship-sized nukes that only fizzle are useless.

Posted by: DemocracyRules at November 25, 2006 11:32 PM