Monday, December 2, 2013

Iskander missiles might be coming to Greece

A " frozen " bid for the ground-ground missiles Iskander- E from Russia comes back to the surface after the installation of a large number of home-built ( with Chinese technology ) ground -to-ground missiles and Yildirim Kasirga the area of responsibility of the 1st Turkish Army in the First . Thrace .

The installation last 54 new mobile missile systems ( referred to quadruple launchers ) WS-1A / B, radius of action of 180 miles ( Turkish terminology Kasirga ) and confirmation egktastasis Yildirim-2 a range of 300 km , it changes a lot of data .

Now the Turkish Army in Eastern Thrace installs an offensive weapon par excellence , since the system due to its characteristics ( head weight of 150 kg, 180 km radius of action ) and extremely veltiiomeno system GPS / INS has reduced the " circular error " (CEP ) level of
Aiming headquarters , communications centers , etc. aedrodromia within seconds , at a speed of 5.2 times the audio information, a broadside eg only a vehicle with four missiles WS- 1A / B can cause e.g. the discarding of the airport of Alexandroupoli or offend the Greek Aarhus of tanks in the Rhodope region or elsewhere with a total of 600 pounds of explosive.

The existence of ground -to-ground missile ATACMS on Greek arsenal does not change much, since almost half the radius and clearly have another mission by Turkish systems .

Russia has made it clear that if requested by Greece Iskander-E, will approve the export. The forthcoming visit of Russian Defense Minister S.Soigkou will probably raise the issue

The Iskander-M already received the Russian Armed Forces . Just recently , in polygon test in " Kapoustin Yar » (Kapustin Yar), became the official handover ceremony in the Army of the second fully coherent brigade tactical rocket propelled launchers .

The Armed Forces of Russia modernize and upgrade their missile arsenal . The second brigade ballistic missile system «Iskander» ( Alexander the Great ) , will be installed in Krasnodar , South Russia . The first, which was delivered to the Russian Army this summer , has already taken the "road map " for the city Birompintzan , in the Russian Far East.

Although data on the «Iskander - M» remain secret , reportedly , the armament program until 2020 , provides for the development of 10 fully assembled brigades . Every year , therefore , will be incorporated in the ED of two brigades . Each of these will consist of 12 self-propelled rocket launchers and the corresponding ' park ' vehicles support assemblies .

Within the files was carrying in their portfolios Greek officers during the voyage of the Minister of Defence Evangelos Venizelos, was a detailed report on a system which, when mentioned in the meeting that followed caused a deep impression on the Russian side.

Not because it was not reset by the Greek side such issue in the past , but because the system , which is none other than the famous tactical ballistic missile ISKANDER-E, considered in itself , as a class weapon system , " high political friction ," while the gun itself attracts the attention of the western , as it's «state of the art» in ballistic missiles .

It's known interest in Greek Army (IA ) since the early 2000s for the projectile ISKANDER-E. The main reason is that Turkey already owns and regularly leverages operational ballistic weapons such as home construction Yildirim here and there , on a psychological level , complete imbalance. And we say psychological , because with the exception ISKANDER-E that these operational characteristics can engage targets with precision missile cruise (!), All weapons of category , with the exception of those nuclear warheads , have little operational effectiveness .

What seemed to concern the Russians are the first reactions of Washington and secondly the fact that the cutting edge technology of ISKANDER-E could be placed under the microscope of NATO . Of course there is the export version , for which there are discussions right now.

In the summer of 2002 the system ISKANDER-E was demonstrated for the first time in the chief of staff and is given the interest of Interior to acquire , as the weapon is complementary to the missile ATACMS.

This is the export version of the missile ISKANDER-M ( NATO code SS-26 Tender) developed by the company KBM-KB as her surrogate family problems CRD 9K714 (SS-23).

The missiles provided OKA range of nearly 500 km and destroyed by the end of 1989 under the Treaty INF (Intermediate Nuclear Forces) of 1987 was intended to limit the problems with nuclear charge with a range of 500 to 5,500 km the CRD developed in turn to replace systems 9K72 SS-1C Scud B.

However in relation to these missiles , the SS-23 CEP provided the order of 100 meters and shorter preparation time of 30 minutes. So the original codename was ISKANDER OKA-U and its development began around 1984 , but the form of finalized during the 90s .

The ISKANDER- E is essentially non anaschesimo : It is specifically designed to avoid SAM systems such as PATRIOT and for this reason has been provided with an active jammer ( ! ) Lightweight to deceive enemy radar , while according to other sources in the terminal phase ejects aerofylla !

It is estimated that the export version carries a degraded version of the device ECM. The version ISKANDER-M provides maximum range extended to 400 km and the weight of the charge reaches 700 pounds with portability 72 bomblets .

The ISKANDER-E thriving inland or in regions of Thrace , can be used as the ultimate deterrent weapon deep and cause damage to a wide variety of objectives at the coast and in eastern Thrace , without actually can be handled by the existing infrastructure Turkish forces.

Its high accuracy and variety of charges that can carry a high success rate. Especially in the early stages of a possible engagement elements of the air defense of the opponent not yet hit hard and have the potential to cause significant damage to aircraft flying similar missions .

Turkey's interest to " integration " of the family of nations that use SRBM should concern the Greek side as can be created with relatively - inexpensive - a " powerful force first strike " that provides high accuracy , short preparation time , large volume of fire and limited ( if any ) warning time the defender .

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