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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘missile defense’

Russia Refusing to Deliver S-300 Missiles to Syria, But Iran Gets Hers Ahead of Schedule

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Russia is not going to deliver the S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria, according to Alexander Fomin, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), who spoke to the press on Tuesday, TASS reported.

“There are no such plans as of today,” Fomin said, in response to a question regarding Russian negotiations with the Assad regime on selling them the missile systems.

Meanwhile, according to Fomin, Russia is already supplying the S-300 missile systems to Iran—ahead of schedule—and is in talks with Tehran on purchases of additional military equipment. “We have contracts with Iran, other contracts are also possible, but the talk is only about the permitted supplies, which are not on the UN’s ban list.”

On April 11, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in a radio interview with Ekho Moskvy that Russia had started deliver of S-300 systems to Iran, with the deal to be completed by the end of the year. “We are acting in strict compliance with the contract. They pay, we sell. We have already started. It is a supply in full sets,” he said.

Russia and Iran signed a contract in 2007 for the supply of five S-300PMU-1 battalions, but then, in 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev banned the supply of the systems to Tehran, following a deal with Israel which compensated Russia by promising not to compete with Russian natural gas in Europe. The Iran contract, worth more than $800 million, was annulled and the paid advance was returned to Iran, which filed a $4 billion lawsuit against Russia at the Geneva Court of Arbitration. That suit has now been cancelled.

The S-300 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defense Forces. Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles. It is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems currently in operation. An evolved version of the S-300 system, the S-400, entered limited service in 2004.

In 2014, the Syrian government requested Moscow to supply the S-300 air defense missile systems to the Syrian army in anticipation of “a possible US attack” on Syria.

According to a source in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida, Russia received intelligence from Israel a year ago that Tehran had violated an agreement with Moscow not to pass on advanced Russian-made weaponry to the terror group Hezbollah, its proxy in Lebanon. President Putin was handed intelligence from Israel showing that Iran had supplied Hezbollah with Russian-made SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems.

According to Al Jarida, Russia confirmed this information with surveillance flights over Lebanon and Syria, using their own anti-missile radars to detect the systems which had been moved to Lebanon.

David Israel

Canada Buys Iron Dome Radar Technology from Israel

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Canada is buying Israeli Iron Dome radar that is able to detect rockets, artillery and mortars at long ranges, and can simultaneously engage a large number of targets.

Ottawa’s Dept. of National Defense awarded the contract to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Rheinmetall-Canada.

The radar system offers exceptional detection and accuracy performance and is a highly mobile, enabling it for fast deployment with a minimal crew.

Jewish Press News Briefs

France Says ‘Everything On The Table’ in Nuclear Talks With Iran

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The P5+1 group of world powers negotiating with Iran for a nuclear deal believes it’s “time to decide” once and for all; Iran, on the other hand, says there’s “no time limit” at all.

It is becoming increasingly clear that even if the U.S. delegation has endless patience, the European foreign ministers are beginning to lose theirs. After another round of marathon talks and a third blown deadline this week, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Vienna on Saturday, “Everything is on the table. It’s now time to decide.”

The newest deadline for talks between Iran and world powers led by the United States is this coming Monday, July 13.

But an Iranian official told the AFP news agency that talks could continue indefinitely if need be. “We have no time limit in order to reach a good deal,” said the senior Iranian official.

Of course, the definition of the term, “good deal” depends on who is doing the defining.

Negotiators have been arguing over how to implement the terms of the deal both sides have already agreed to. Those would require Iran to reduce the number of uranium enriching centrifuges from 19,000 to slightly more than 6,000. Tehran would also have to reduce its stocks of already enriched uranium from more than seven tonnes, to just 350 kilos (770 pounds.)

This would allegedly ensure that Iran could not acquire enough fissile material to build an atomic weapon – or at least, it would take at least a year to do so. Currently it is believed that Tehran could achieve that goal within just two to three months.

In addition, the two sides still cannot find common ground on the issue of spot inspections and access for United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to Iran’s nuclear military sites.

Iran is unwilling to budge on either point; and without those, world leaders are unwilling to relax the sanctions that have strangled the economy of the Islamic Republic.

In addition, Tehran insists all sanctions be relieved immediately, and refuses to allow the “snap back” clause that would re-impose those sanctions if Iran violates the terms of the deal.

For obvious reasons, none of the world powers has any interest in removing that clause. Iran has also insisted that a UN arms embargo previously in place also be lifted when a deal is reached – a new problem that could become the icing on any nuclear cake.

As Defense Secretary Ashton Carter explained during a meeting with Congress: “The reason we want to stop Iran from having an ICBM program is that the “I” in ICBM stands for “intercontinental” – which means having the capability of flying from Iran to the United States. We don’t want that,” he added. (The rest of the acronym: C-continental B-ballistic M-missile.)

Any ICBM loaded with a chemical, biological or nuclear warhead would present an existential threat to the United States as well as to Israel.

According to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Iran has conducted multiple successful space vehicle launches since 2008. Defense News reported in April 2015 that such technology could also serve as a test bed for the development of ICBM technology. According to the report, there is an overlap between producing space vehicles and ballistic missiles. It is suspected that Iran’s space program has been a cover for a military ballistic weapons program, in fact.

The U.S. already has two missile defense sites deployed to defend the country in California and Alaska respectively to protect against any limited long-range ballistic missile attack.

The MDA has also advised Washington to develop a third defense site on the East Coast to protect against missile threats “accidentally launched from Russia or China due to human error or intentionally fired from Iran or North Korea,” Defense News reported.

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATE: Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket in South

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

9:54 PM: Confirmed: One Iron Dome interception.
Report of rocket strike appears to be parts from the intercepted rocket that landed outside the city of Ashkelon.
No rocket hit in Ashkelon.

9:49 Unconfirmed: 1 Iron Dome interception near Ashkelon. Second rocket hit.

9:43 PM Local reporting hearing 2 explosions. 1 possible landing site (also unconfirmed).

9:38 PM Shavuah Tov. Multiple Rocket Alerts in south. Must be summer.
Updates to follow.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Tests Rocket Propulsion System for Intercepting Missiles

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The Defense Ministry Tuesday morning carried out a test of a new rocket propulsion system that probably is connected with missile interceptors.

Officials were mum on details other than to say, “The test was planned by the defense establishment long in advance, and was carried out as planned,”

It is known that a test of the Arrow 2 missile defense system last year did not make a direct hit on its target. An Arrow 3 anti-missile test in December was aborted because of a safety issue concerning the target missile.

The test also could be connected with the Jericho ballistic missile system, which can carry a nuclear warhead, Yediot Acharonot reported.

This morning’s test was carried out in central Israel, in view of motorists on the way to work.

Jewish Press Staff

Update: 2 Rockets Launched at Israel from Gaza

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them.

10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets.

9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren or a rocket explosion, enter your bomb shelter and stay there for 10 minutes.

9:34 PM Rockets were launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

9:30 PM (updated) First rocket landed near a town near Netivot and Sderot. The second rocket is believed to have fallen short and landed in Gaza, but that is not confirmed.

9:20 PM There is still confusion as to where the second rocket fell.

9:09 PM Channel 2 TV reports, 2 explosions near Merchavim region in the south. IDF on the way.

NO INJURIES REPORTED.

9:04pm As of this time, there are no reports of rocket landings in Southern Israel…or damage.. or Iron Dome…still waiting for confirmation.
Some unconfirmed reports of a muffled explosion. IDf is checking.

9:02 PM Not clear yet if the rockets are real, false alarms, or Hamas test rockets that came too close to Israel.

8:58pm Rocket alerts just went off along the Gaza border and central Negev.
A lot of alerts.

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDF Expects 1200 Daily Hezbollah Rockets in Next War

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

An assessment by the IDF Home Front Command expects the Iranian-supported Hezbollah to launch 1200 rockets a day, and hundreds of Israelis could die in then next war with Lebanon.

The IDF will also need to decide where to deploy their limited number of Iron Dome anti-rocket systems up north, deciding whether to protect population centers or strategic sites.

It is not known if the report considered what would happen if the IDF took a disproportional response against Hezbollah at the beginning of the war, instead of its current tactics of proportional responses and preemptive notifications, and if that strategy would result in fewer estimated rocket launches and Israeli casualties.

But if Israel did respond strongly, Beirut would be devastated.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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