Russian missile test adds to arms race fears
And so the evolution of fear and shift of balance of power... once again moves beyond its earliest roots...Russian: Адмирал флота Советского Союза Кузнецов (originally commissioned in the Soviet Navy)... and was sold to the People's Republic of China by Ukraine under the condition she would never be refitted for combat. Intended to support and defend strategic missile-carrying submarines, surface ships, and maritime missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian fleet.
-On September 27, 2006; they'd announced her return to the Northern Fleet
An interesting projection into the future: 2017-
Russia tests new rocket to beat missile defenses
"Less than an hour later, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces command said the missile had hit its targets at the Kura test site on the sparsely inhabited far eastern peninsula of Kamchatka to the north of Japan.
The RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile will strengthen the military potential of Russia’s strategic rocket forces to overcome anti-missile defense systems and thereby strengthen the potential nuclear deterrent of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces,’ the Strategic Missile Forces command said in a statement.
It can overcome any potential entire missile defense systems developed by foreign countries,’ Colonel-General Viktor Yesin told the official Russian Today television channel. #
Russia's Pre-test stance...
"Iran's economic implosion is a source of imminent strategic risk. The present inflation rate of about 20%, driven by a 40% rate of monetary expansion, suggests that government resources are already exhausted...
Iran, engaged in funding and arming Shi'ite allies from Basra to Beirut, and creating clients selectively among such Sunnis as Hamas in Palestine." #