Skip to comments.Russia Complains About Norwegian Defenses
Posted on 03/02/2012 10:37:08 PM PST by U-238
Russia has threatened Norway with unspecified retaliation if Norway goes along with American suggestions that five Norwegian Nansen class frigates, equipped with the Aegis radar system, are upgraded to use the Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) system. Norway has gotten this kind of abuse from Russia in the past, which was the main reason Norway joined NATO (as one of the founding members, in 1949). Norway does not like giving in to these threats, especially since they recently concluded 40 years of negotiations to settle a maritime border dispute with Russia. This enables both countries to proceed with oil and natural gas exploration. But ballistic missile defenses in neighboring nations have come to be seen as a threat to the Russians (or at least the current Russian leaders). The last of five Norwegian Nansen class frigates, the Thor Heyerdahl completed its sea trials and entered service a year ago. The 5,200 ton Nansen class ships were built in Spain and cost $600 million each. The 134 meter (433 foot long) Nansens have a top speed of 48 kilometers an hour. Weapons include eight NSM anti-ship missiles, 32 Evolved Sea Sparrow anti-aircraft missiles (in an eight cell launcher), one 76mm gun, four 12.7mm machine-guns, four torpedo tubes, depth charges and one helicopter. The highly automated ships have radar, sonar, electronic countermeasures and a crew of 120. These ships are equipped with American Aegis radar systems, and their design is based on the the Spanish Alvaro de Bazán class Aegis ships. The U.S. guards it Aegis radar technology closely, and only five navies have ships using this AESA type radar and its powerful software.
(Excerpt) Read more at strategypage.com ...
Yes, because Norway has been quite the aggressor over the years.
Can’t be too careful with those Viking Berserkers....
Actually, Norway will be in a position to intercept nuclear missiles fired from bases in Russia.
That Aegis crusier location has been chosen for years.
VIking berserkers run amok!
This is silliness for show and nobody is hurting Russia or threatening to do so. Norway should say so and then go ahead.
Onesy twosies maybe, but a fusillade of them?
I liked how you used “fusillade”. These BMDs are assigned a target individually using the Aegis.
I mean, I don’t think Russia would have trouble at all maxing out the Norwegian system. Whereas rogues like Iran could not. At least not yet.
If the missile is MIRVed it could max it out.Not Individually.Discrimination algorithms enable defense systems to compare objects in a target scene to determine which to intercept. SM-3 has flown and demonstrated fundamental discrimination capability for unitary threats.
MIRVing doesn’t happen until somewhere at the top of the trajectory... that’s why they’re called independent re-entry vehicles. If Aegis caught one before it MIRVed, it would obviously prevent the MIRVing.
You are correct. But the SM-3 is designed to get them after they are launched, not when they are the boost phase.
The SM-3 waits for MIRVs to MIRV?
The KW acquires the ballistic missile warhead with its
long-wavelength imaging infrared seeker.
If you want a weapon that destroy the missile at the “boost phase” would be the ABL.
Of course, because God-forbid any country would be able to survive a Russian attack.
The Russians are hypocrites. They have many decades in ABM defense. They have 100 Gazelle-Gorgon ABM missiles areound Moscow.
...and aimed at - what targets?
NATO military targets and civilian cities. The usual targets for a first strikes
Actually I should say primary and economic targets.
I don’t think Russia needs to be too worried. Our system probably uses GPS and the Internet to communicate, so it will be knocked out before we even know it.
The idea of secure communication and internal guidance is “so yesterday”.
Actually they are smart. They are seizing the opportunity given by the suggestion of some idiot American (but I repeat myself) to tell Norway to not do something Norway had no intention of doing, and couldn't do even if they wanted to.
Win for them because they know Norway can't "defy" then.
only five navies have ships using this AESA type radar and its powerful software.
As long as one does not count the Chinese US originated AESA radar - stolen and/or “donated”.
Norway is part of NATO the last time I check. NATO’s defese is coordinated.