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Monday, November 27, 2006

Russian Missile Deliveries to Iran Begin

The Israeli newspaper Arutz Sheva reports that deliveries by Russia of dangerous missile systems designed to defend nuclear facilities from Israeli attack are being delivered to Iran. Even some russophiles claimed that Russia would never actually follow through on its deal with Iran to sell these missile systems, given the earth-shaking provocation it would cause as Europe and the U.S. struggle to rein in Iranian nukes. But, of course, Russia has done so. Will these russophiles now apologize and change their tune? We shall see.

According to Israel Aircraft Industries information the TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile system is a mobile, integrated, air defense system, designed for operation at medium-, low- and very low –altitudes, against fixed/rotary wing aircraft, UAVs, guided missiles and precision weapon. IAI reports the deal between Russia and Iran was signed and delivery began this month. The system is capable of operating in an intensive aerial jamming environment. The system is comprised of a number of missiles and a Transporter Launcher Vehicle (TLV). A Russian air defense TOR battalion consists of 3 - 5 companies, each equipped with four TLVs. Each TLV is equipped with 8 ready to launch missiles, associating radars, fire control systems and a battery command post. The combat vehicle can operate autonomously, firing from stationary positions or on the move. Set-up time is rated at 3 minutes and typical reaction time, from target detection to missile launch is 5-8 seconds. Reaction time could range from 3.4 seconds for stationary positions to 10 seconds while on the move. Each fire unit can engage and launch missiles against two separate targets. TOR M1 can detect and track up to 48 targets (minimum radar cross section of 0.1 square meter) at a maximum range of 25 km, and engage two of them simultaneously, at a speed of up to 700 m/sec, and at a distance of 1 to 12 km. The system's high lethality (aircraft kill probability of 0.92-0.95) is maintained at altitude of 10 – 6,000 m. The vertically launched, single-stage solid rocket propelled missile is capable of maneuvering at loads up to 30gs. It is equipped with a 15kg high-explosive fragmentation warhead activated by a proximity fuse. The system is offered as fully integrated tracked combat vehicle, or as a modular combat unit (TOR-M1T) comprising a truck mounted mobile control module and launcher/antenna units, carried on a trailer. Other configurations include separated towed systems, as well as shelter-based systems, for the protection of fixed sites.The missile is also effective against precision guided weapons and cruise missiles. In tests the missile demonstrated kill probability of such targets ranging from 0.6 to 0.9.The first operator of the Tor system was the Russian Army Air-Defense, which operates 100 units of the SA-15 Gauntlet variant. The Russian navy also uses the naval version known as SA-N-9. China bought 50 systems and possibly 25 more, between 1997 and 2002. The Greek army fielded 21 Tor M-1 systems. Most recently (December 2005) Iran was reported to sign a deal worth US$ 1.0 billion covering the procurement of up to 29 TOR M-1 missile systems, modernization of air-force systems and the supply of patrol boats. The system was also proposed to several other countries. THe TOR component of the deal was reported to be US$700 million. Deliveries of the TOR systems began in November 2006 and are expected to continue through 2008.The new defense system would make attempts at an aerial assault against Iran’s nuclear facilities considerably more complicated as the international community sits by – permitting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to move ahead at a brisk pace towards nuclear independence.

6 comments:

17 ugly raccoons said...

Good system. And profitable deal.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: And a provocation to the United States, and new cold war, and the beginning of the end for Russia. Is that all you have to say? Aren't you going to apologize for wrongly stating that these missiles wouldn't actually be delivered?

I suppose you don't mind if America begins selling "profitable, good" missile systems to Chechnya and Georgia, right?

17 ugly raccoons said...

And a provocation to the United States

So what? Is it supposed to scare me?

and new cold war

Yawn. Some irresponsible idiot declares it from the West side on daily basis. Freedom of speech, yeah.

and the beginning of the end for Russia

Again? Too often, for my taste. Three times per day is enough, I think.

Is that all you have to say?

Me? You are speaking with yourself.

Aren't you going to apologize for wrongly stating that these missiles wouldn't actually be delivered?

I stated this? Where?

I suppose you don't mind if America begins selling "profitable, good" missile systems to Chechnya and Georgia, right?

LR, I am reminding you that arming insurgents against lawful authority is a crime. I think conception of crime is hard enough for you to understand, but get used to it. That's about Chechnya. If US starts smuggling missiles on Russian territory, you may suddenly find some US citizen of Arabic origin near JFK airport with Russia made MANPAD. You know, eye for the eye, that kind of thing.

US may sell to Georgia anything US wants and anything Georgia capable to pay for and handle after. Three or even four toy guns, for example.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: Don't be so ambiguous. Are you saying you don't fear American ecnomic and military warfare (a) because you don't believe it will be used or (b) because it couldn't harm Russia seriously if it were used? Try to have at least a shred of backbone and say what you mean.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: War is hell. Laws get broken. Whether it's illegal or not, if Russian provocation causes the US to send such weapons to Chechnya, are you saying you don't mind? That its worth it?

17 ugly raccoons said...

Are you saying you don't fear American ecnomic and military warfare (a) because you don't believe it will be used or (b) because it couldn't harm Russia seriously if it were used?

What do you mean by 'fear' exactly? I have no knee-jerking because of US military and economic might, regardless to its scale or its actual hostility.

Try to ask capt Fegen why he did not fear 'Scheer' - because a) he didn't believed she'll start shoot or because b) he believed 'Jervis-bay' will not be damaged badly.

Whether it's illegal or not, if Russian provocation causes the US to send such weapons to Chechnya, are you saying you don't mind? That its worth it?

Depends of scale of the 'provocation' (read - of US paranoia) and of publicly stated decision to answer in kind and sell Russian MANPAD launchers to anyone. Then you may ask the same question to US citizens: that its worth it?