Friday, April 27, 2007
Putin compares U.S. shield to Pershing missiles
RIA Novosti - World - "No hysteria" as Putin compares U.S. shield to Pershing missiles -1: "MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has compared U.S. plans to deploy its missile defenses in Europe to the deployment of Pershing cruise missiles in the 1980s, but said there will be 'no hysteria' about it."
Likening an offensive system (Pershing) to a defensive system (Patriot Advanced Capability III (PAC III)) is intellectually dishonest. I have no idea what President Putin is driving at.
North Korea and Iran have interlinked their missile programs. The missiles the West are afraid of are called the Taepo Dong 2 (North Korea) or the Shahab 5 (Iran). The missiles are currently using crappy North Korean engines. Neither variant has had a successful test flight.
If deployment of the PAC III squelches the development programs then it's money well spent.
First seen on Russian Forces Blog.