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Russia threatens to supply Iran with top new missile system as 'cold war' escalates
Telegraph ^ | 08/31/08 | Philip Sherwell and William Lowther

Posted on 08/31/2008 3:27:04 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

Russia threatens to supply Iran with top new missile system as 'cold war' escalates

Russia is deploying the threat to sell a "game changing" air defence system to Iran as a high stakes bargaining chip in its new "cold war" with America, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

By Philip Sherwell in New York and William Lowther in Washington

Last Updated: 8:16AM BST 31 Aug 2008

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [right] speaks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during their bilateral meeting in Dushanbe on August 28, 2008 Photo: AFP/GETTY US intelligence fears the Kremlin will supply the sophisticated S-300 system to Tehran if Washington pushes through Nato membership for its pro-Western neighbours Georgia and Ukraine.

The proposed deal is causing huge alarm in the US and Israel as the S-300 can track 100 targets at once and fire on planes up to 75 miles away.

That would make it a "game-changer", greatly improving Iranian defences against any air strike on its nuclear sites, according to Pentagon adviser Dan Goure. "This is a system that scares every Western air force," he said.

Senior US intelligence operatives believe that Russia is planning to use a stand-off over the S-300 to create a foreign policy showdown that would test the mettle of a new US president.

Republican candidate John McCain has taken a strongly anti-Kremlin line on a series of international issues and backed Georgia's desire to join Nato. His Democratic rival Barack Obama has also indicated he supports Nato membership for Georgia.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: geopolitics; georgia; iran; islam; mohammedanism; proliferation; russia; s300

1 posted on 08/31/2008 3:27:05 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ah, the S-300. The same ones that didn’t work at all (with Russian operators) in Syria against Israeli and second-line US gear.


2 posted on 08/31/2008 3:28:35 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

> Ah, the S-300. The same ones that didn’t work at all
> (with Russian operators) in Syria against Israeli and
> second-line US gear.

Maybe they’re new and improved.

Probably not much of a defense against low-flying cruise missiles launced from subs and warships close by.


3 posted on 08/31/2008 3:34:32 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Lets not forget the silent partners in Beijing Who are also supplying weapons to our enemies in Iran.


4 posted on 08/31/2008 3:35:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting Conservative isn't for the faint of heart.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I guess Ahmadinejad’s days are well-and-truly numbered now. He’d have to be checking under his bed at nite for Mossad assassins before he goes to sleep.


5 posted on 08/31/2008 3:36:25 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

It time to stop playing games with Putin and his terrorist proxies and directly confront the whole lot of them, but as a united front.


6 posted on 08/31/2008 3:36:33 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I like those words...

“that would test the mettle of a new US president.”

I am SURE Obama has the EXPERIENCE to handle a fresh opportunity like this. I am sure the empty suit can DIPLOMATICALL NEGOTIATE Americas best interests. Obama should have been around to take care of it after Peanutman.


7 posted on 08/31/2008 3:55:25 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: Westbrook

Per the specs, it’s not much good against low flying anything, or high flyers, either. Apparently, it can’t see or track anything below 500’, and it can’t hit anything much above 32,000’.


8 posted on 08/31/2008 4:06:19 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr

I think you are thinking of the SA-3 Goa. See list of SAM names.

http://www.answers.com/topic/list-of-nato-reporting-names-for-surface-to-air-missiles


9 posted on 08/31/2008 4:28:00 AM PDT by blackpacific
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The 9th Century knuckledraggers in Tehran (and Moscow) may not realize it but Putin's threat to do this greatly increases the chances that Israel will strike Iran....strike her **hard**...and strike her **soon**.
10 posted on 08/31/2008 4:32:43 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: M. Espinola
...and directly confront the whole lot of them, but as a united front.

Our allies in Europe will be on board no doubt.

(end bitter sarcasm)

11 posted on 08/31/2008 4:35:13 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: blackpacific

No, I was thinking of the SA-20.


12 posted on 08/31/2008 4:37:17 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"Our allies in Europe will be on board no doubt."

They better be or will repeating their massive mistakes of 1939.

13 posted on 08/31/2008 4:37:18 AM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not 'free'.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
He’d have to be checking under his bed at nite for Mossad assassins before he goes to sleep.

Unfortunately it's not that easy.Imanutjob can be replaced by the 9th Century knuckledragging mullahs in Tehran in a heartbeat.And it must be noted that he's just a puppet anyway.It's the clowns with the beards and black dresses that have to be dealt with.

14 posted on 08/31/2008 4:39:32 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That is an act of war. Tell Russia they will share in the consequences, period.


15 posted on 08/31/2008 4:49:34 AM PDT by bushfamfan (Palin is America's Thatcher, Obama is America's Chamberlain)
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To: M. Espinola

They think they can play these games and they are in fact doing it RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACES. Like I say, we need to firmly tell Russia that they will be nuked/bombed when Iran uses the tech they gave them. No doubt about it.


16 posted on 08/31/2008 4:51:22 AM PDT by bushfamfan (Palin is America's Thatcher, Obama is America's Chamberlain)
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To: bushfamfan
Chances are that Israel will finish them off even before the new president would swear in.
17 posted on 08/31/2008 4:51:28 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Westbrook; Spktyr
> Ah, the S-300. The same ones that didn’t work at all
> (with Russian operators) in Syria against Israeli and
> second-line US gear.

Maybe they’re new and improved.

Probably not much of a defense against low-flying cruise missiles launced from subs and warships close by.

And damned little use against B-2's and F-22's working at night.

Too bad they retired the F-117, just when they could probably use a few more spooky airplanes capable of dragging 500-pound JDAM's to the demolition site.

18 posted on 08/31/2008 5:19:39 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus ("Whatever." -- sinkspur)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Swell, now they’re gonna have to hide in the closet, loose lips sink ships. ;)


19 posted on 08/31/2008 7:05:48 AM PDT by Camel Joe (liberal=socialist=royalist/imperialist pawn=enemy of Freedom)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

both sides bragging about their new defense capabilities?

time to play show and tell

and can you think of a better time and place to test them out?


20 posted on 08/31/2008 8:01:17 AM PDT by himno hero
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I bet our Ukrainian friends could use some missile defenses too. Russia is obviously showing us why our systems are needed in Poland. Now we have a reason to field more of them.


21 posted on 08/31/2008 8:11:29 AM PDT by The Toad
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