USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Fr 1. Feb 2019, 22:51

Stoltenberg: Keine neuen Atomwaffen in Europa ... n-100.html

Trump makes it official: US is leaving nuclear arms treaty
Don’t expect the Pentagon to roll out INF-busting weapons in the near future, the officials said. While the U.S. did include money for low-level research into a noncompliant ground-based missile in last year’s budget, the Pentagon is still in the early stages of “looking at potential options,” the second official said.

“We are some time away from having a system that we have produced, that we would train soldiers or airmen or Marines to deploy, and then certainly before we would be in a position to talk about basing, potentially in allied countries. And of course all that will be proceeded by intensive consultations with allies so that we can have a mutual understanding of what the security environment, what the defense and deterrence environment will be in a post-INF world,” the second official added.

The first official said the U.S. is not currently looking at nuclear-capable ground-based cruise missiles, like those of Russia.
However, the second senior administration official downplayed the China impact, saying: “This really doesn’t have anything to with China. This is fully about Russia’s violation to this treaty.”

At the same time, the officials acknowledged a U.S. assessment that China has roughly 1,000 missiles that would be considered noncompliant with the INF Treaty. ... ms-treaty/

Meeting with permanent members of Security Council
Vladimir Putin met with permanent members of the Security Council to discuss the developments in Venezuela, the US intention to pull out of the INF Treaty and current domestic issues.
They also had an in-depth discussion on strategic stability and international security in the context of the expected US withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
The meeting was attended by Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Dumas Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin and Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.
Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty ... nf-treaty/

US to start INF Treaty withdrawal process
Washington and Moscow have exchanged numerous barbs over alleged INF violations. Moscow’s concerns revolve primarily around whether the US’ Aegis Ashore ballistic missile-defence systems in Poland and Romania could be used to launch offensive weapons against Russia. Meanwhile, Washington is focused on Russia’s 9M729/SSC-8, although its capabilities remain unconfirmed. It is derived from the 3M-14 sea-launched cruise missile. The earlier 9M728 missile (SSC-X-7/SSC-7/R-500) is thought to have been derived from the shorter-range export version of the 3M-14, the 3M-14E. The 2017 US Defense Intelligence Ballistic Missile Analysis Committee report on global missile developments listed a 2,500 km maximum range for the 3M-14, while the 3M-14E and 9M728 ranges are, respectively, 275 km and below 500 km. ... al-process

  • US Air Force looks for new maker of Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missiles (14. September 2018)
    Lockheed Martin was awarded a $51 million contract from the USAF on 10 September to develop an even longer range version of the cruise missile, called Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extreme Range, which is reportedly designed to have a range of more than 1,000nm (1852km). ... ur-451911/
  • Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on
    Time Critical Conventional Strike from Strategic Standoff

    March 2009

    Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
    Washington D.C.
    JASSM-XR - USAF. Extra Extended Range version being considered with range up to 1000 nm. Launch platform would include bombers and heavy strike aircraft.
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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Sa 2. Feb 2019, 12:46

Reaktion auf US-Schritt:
Russland setzt INF-Vertrag ebenfalls aus

Meeting with Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, please provide an update on the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, and the disarmament dossier in general. What is going on in terms of limitation of offensive arms?

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Mr President,

Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, as you know, it has been in force since 1988. It had an indefinite term. According to the information at our disposal, the United States has been violating the Treaty since 1999, when it started testing combat unmanned aerial vehicles that have the same characteristics as land-based cruise missiles banned by the Treaty.

The United States went on to use ballistic target missiles for testing their missile defence system, and in 2014 they began the deployment in their missile defence system positioning areas in Europe of Mk 41 vertical launching systems. These launchers are fully suitable as they are for Tomahawk intermediate-range attack missiles.

Vladimir Putin: And this is an outright violation of the Treaty.

Sergei Lavrov: This is an outright violation of the Treaty. Launchers of this kind have already been deployed in Romania, and preparations are underway to deploy them in Poland, as well as Japan.

Another matter of concern for us is that only recently, just a year ago, the United States in its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review set the task of developing low-yield nuclear weapons, and it is probable that intermediate-range missiles will serve as a means of delivery for these weapons. It was also announced only recently that this provision of the US nuclear doctrine is beginning to materialise with missiles of this kind entering production.

In October 2018, the United States officially declared its intention to withdraw from the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles. We did everything we could to save the Treaty considering its importance in terms of sustaining strategic stability in Europe, as well as globally. The last attempt of this kind was undertaken on January 15, when the US finally agreed to our request for holding consultations in Geneva.

In coordination with the Defence Ministry, we proposed unprecedented transparency measures that went far beyond our obligations under the INF Treaty in order to persuade the US that Russia was not in violation of this essential instrument. However, the US torpedoed these proposals. Instead, the US presented yet another ultimatum. It is obvious that we cannot accept it since it contradicts the INF Treaty in both letter and spirit.

The US announced that it was suspending its participation in the INF Treaty, launched the official withdrawal from it, and said that it will no longer consider itself restricted by the INF Treaty. As far as we can see, this means that the US will make missiles in addition to engaging in research and development activities that have already been factored into the current budget.

There is no doubt that these developments make things worse overall in the sphere of nuclear disarmament and strategic stability. It all started with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, when the US decided to withdraw from it in 2002, as you know all too well. This was done despite numerous initiatives by the Russian Federation at the UN General Assembly to save the ABM Treaty. The UN General Assembly passed a number of resolutions supporting the ABM Treaty. However, this did not stop the United States from withdrawing from it.

As a partial replacement for the ABM Treaty, the US and Russia signed a joint declaration that same year, 2002, on new strategic relations with a promise to settle all issues related to the so-called third positioning area of the missile-defence system being deployed in Europe at the time. The declaration provided for holding consultations as a way to reach common ground. This did not happen due to the unwillingness of the United States to take up Russia’s concerns in earnest.

In 2007, we made another gesture of good will at your instructions by coming forward with an initiative that consisted of working together to resolve the problems related to US missile defence system’s third positioning area in Europe. Once again, the US backed out of this proposal.

However, at the Russia-NATO Summit in Lisbon in 2010, we once again called for Russia, the US and Europe to work together on a continental missile-defence system. This call was not heeded. Nevertheless, two years later, in 2012, at the NATO Summit in Chicago it was NATO that called for dialogue with Russia on missile defence. However, all this good will boiled down to the US insisting that we simply come to terms with their missile defence approach, despite all the obvious risks and threats to our security posed by this approach.

Let me remind you that in 2013 Russia once again called on the US Department of State to open consultations, and came forward with concrete proposals. There was no reply. And in 2014, the United States brought the dialogue on missile defence to a halt and declared the intention to deploy its positioning areas in Europe and Asia, while also strengthening other systems, including in Alaska and on the east coast.

Talking about other essential international security and strategic stability instruments, the approach adopted by the United States to performing its commitments under the universal Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons has been a matter of concern for Russia. In fact, despite numerous reminders on our part, the United States commits serious violations of the Treaty in its actions within NATO. The Treaty commits nuclear powers to refrain from transferring the corresponding nuclear technologies.

Despite these provisions, NATO engages in so-called joint nuclear missions whereby the United States together with five NATO countries where US nuclear weapons are deployed conduct nuclear weapons drills with countries that are not part of the five nuclear-weapons states. This is a direct violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Another treaty that had a special role in removing the threat of nuclear war, or, to be more precise, whose preparation was a source of hope for addressing these threats, was the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty [CTBT]. The United States did not ratify it even though doing so was among Barack Obama’s campaign promises when he ran for president.

Right now, this instrument is completely off the radar, since the United States has lost all interest in any consultations on joining this Treaty. Being a party to the CTBT and acting in good faith, Russia holds special events at the UN General Assembly every year in order to promote the Treaty and mobilise public opinion in favour of its entry into force, which requires the United States to join it, among other things.

Apart from the INF Treaty, there is the Strategic Offensive Arms Treaty [START] that remains in force. It is also essential for preserving at least some measure of strategic stability and global parity. It is also under threat, since its effective functioning has come into question after the recent move by the United States to remove from accountability under the treaty 56 submarine based Trident launchers and 41 heavy bombers by declaring them converted into nun-nuclear.

This is possible under the treaty, but the other party has the right to make sure that once converted these weapons cannot be reconverted back into nuclear arsenals.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.

Mr Shoigu, what is the Defence Ministry’s view on the current situation? And what do you propose in this regard?

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Mr President, it is obvious to us, despite the murky language that we hear, that apart from openly conducting research and development on the production of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles, there have been actual violations of the INF Treaty, and this has been going on for several years. To put it simply, the United States has started producing missiles of this kind.

In this connection, we have the following proposals regarding retaliatory measures.

First, we propose launching in the coming months research and development, as well as development and engineering with a view to creating land-based modifications of the sea-based Kalibr launching systems.

Second, we propose launching research and development, followed by development and engineering to create land-based launchers for hypersonic intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles.

We ask you to support these proposals.

Vladimir Putin: I agree. This is what we will do. Our response will be symmetrical. Our US partners announced that they are suspending their participation in the INF Treaty, and we are suspending it too. They said that they are engaged in research, development and design work, and we will do the same.

I agree with the Defence Ministry’s proposals to create a land-based version of the Kalibr launchers and work on a new project to develop a land-based hypersonic intermediate-range missile.

At the same time, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we must not and will not let ourselves be drawn into an expensive arms race. I wanted to ask you, would it be possible to finance these initiatives using the existing budget allocations to the Defence Ministry for 2019 and the following years?

Sergei Shoigu: Mr President, we closely studied this matter, and will propose adjustments to the 2019 budget in order to be able to carry out these initiatives within the limits set by the state armaments programme and the defence procurement orders for 2019 without going over budget.
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Das russische Verteidigungsministerium behauptet, dass die USA schon vor zwei Jahren Vorbereitungen zur Fertigung von verbotenen Kurz- und Mittelstreckenraketen getroffen hätten. Seither sei die Fläche der Fabrik um 44 % von 55.000 auf 79.000 m² gewachsen und die Zahl der Mitarbeiter sollte sich, nach offiziellen Mitteilungen, um 2000 Stellen erhöhen. Beinahe zeitgleich zum Beginn des Ausbaus habe der Kongress dem DoD eine erste Tranche von 58 Mio. $ zur Entwicklung einer Mittelstreckenrakete bewilligt.

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Di 5. Feb 2019, 17:24

Diesem Artikel zufolge fand heute eine Tagung des russischen Verteidigungsministers und des Generalstabs statt, die sich u.a. mit dem Ende des INF-Vertrags befasste. Der Generalstab hat dem russischen Präsidenten eine Liste möglicher Gegenmaßnahmen vorgelegt, die auch genehmigt wurden: ... =3&theater

Unter diese Gegenmaßnahmen fallen:
  • 2019-2020 Entwicklung einer landgestützten Version des schiffsgestützten Marschflugkörpers "Kalibr" (Калибр) und einer landgestützten Hyperschallrakete großer Reichweite
  • Erhöhung der Reichweite bestehender landgestützter Raketensysteme
  • Durchführung der Entwicklungsarbeiten im Rahmen des Verteidigungsbudgets 2019 und der Planungsperiode 2020-2021 durch Umschichtung verfügbarer Mittel

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Mi 6. Feb 2019, 04:51

State of the Union

  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address
    Under my Administration, we will never apologize for advancing America’s interests.

    For example, decades ago the United States entered into a treaty with Russia in which we agreed to limit and reduce our missile capabilities. While we followed the agreement to the letter, Russia repeatedly violated its terms. That is why I announced that the United States is officially withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF Treaty.

    Perhaps we can negotiate a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t –- in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far. ... address-2/

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Re: USA: "Low-yield nuclear weapon" & "INF Range Ground-launched Missile System"

Beitrag von theoderich » Sa 9. Feb 2019, 17:56