US experts test-fire ‘restricted’ missiles for first time after withdrawal

 Foreign media said that the Pentagon conducted a flight test on a missile banned by the US-Russia treaty on December 12, and the treaty was rescinded just the past summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates say the trial could trigger an unnecessary arms race with Moscow.

    The Associated Press reported on December 12 that the “Pentagon’s long-banned missiles over the Pacific Ocean” reported that this prototype missile was set to have a non-nuclear warhead. The Pentagon declined to disclose further details, except that the missile was launched from a “static launch pad” at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, which flew hundreds of kilometers and landed on the high seas.

    It is reported that the test firing was carried out with increasing uncertainty surrounding the future of arms control. The only remaining treaty to restrict nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia — the new 2010 Strategic Weapons Reduction Treaty — will expire in February 2021. The treaty can be extended for up to 5 years without renegotiation of the main provisions. The Trump administration has indicated little interest in this.

    The Pentagon declined to disclose the maximum range of the missile tested. Last spring, when U.S. officials disclosed the test firing plan, they said it had a range of about 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers.

    According to reports, the “Medium Range Missile Treaty” signed in 1987 bans land-based cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5500 kilometers. The Trump administration chose to rescind the Medium Range Missile Treaty in August this year. Shortly after withdrawing from the treaty, the Pentagon test-fired a medium-range cruise missile.

    During a brief meeting with media reporters after the test launch was announced, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was asked whether the Pentagon is considering deploying a medium-range missile to Europe. Esper said: “Once we develop medium-range missiles, and if my commanders need them, we will work closely and closely with our allies in Europe, Asia and elsewhere on any possible deployment . “

    Darryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, said the Pentagon’s missile plan was a mistake. Kimball said it was a reckless and unnecessary upgrade that would increase tensions with Russia, China and other countries. Another problem is that no NATO or East Asian allies have yet expressed their intention to accept such a missile.

    According to a report on the December 12th issue of the “Defense News” weekly website titled “Focus on the Pentagon’s test firing of previously banned ballistic missiles”, the United States test-fired a land-based medium-range ballistic missile with a range of more than 500 kilometers. The first such test since the United States withdrew from the Medium Range Missile Treaty this year.

    Reported that less than a few minutes after the release of a video showing the missile test launch, the missile tracking community on Twitter took action and quickly locked in the possibility that the weapon might have been in the ballistics Improved version of the target missile used in missile defense testing.

    Pentagon spokesman Robert Carver declined to disclose further details about the missile design. However, he told the “Defense News” weekly reporter that Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is “the main contractor for the launch service to support the test firing mission.” This Northrop Group subsidiary is a major supplier of two solid fuel rocket propulsion systems used in missile defense tests-interception missile boosters and target aircraft.

    According to the report, a test conducted in August-the first land-based cruise missile test after the abolition of the Intermediate Range Missile Treaty-involved a Tomahawk ground-attack missile launched using the Mark 41 vertical launch system Variant missile. Although the Mark 41 is the launch system used by the land-based Aegis anti-missile system, the Pentagon said at the time that this was another variant of the Mark 41 launch system, and it did not mean that the land-based Aegis anti-missile system could Reconstructed into offensive capabilities-Russia has been complaining about it, and accordingly opposes the deployment of the “Aegis” antimissile system in Europe.

    The report wrote that if it turns out that the test launch on December 12 involved missile defense assets, then prepare to meet the same accusations.

Updated: December 15, 2019 — 8:10 am

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