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Regrettable tendencies in the sphere of the US BMD system in Europe

28.12.2015 18:00

Valeria Shatskaya

On December 9, 2015 the USA has successfully conducted the first intercept flight of a land-based Standard Missile-3 Block IB launched from the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex in Hawaii. According to the Missile Defense Agency and "Raytheon" the interceptor "destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile target by using remote track data from an AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar in a "launch-on-remote engagement". A US Air Force C-17 aircraft launched the target over the ocean area. An AN/TPY-2 radar detected it and relayed target track information to the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communication (C2BMC) system.

This test confirmed that the deployment of the US missile defense elements in Romania will be completed by the end of the current year. As the Vice Admiral James D. Syring, MDA Director, claimed, "Today's test demonstrated that the same Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability that has been fielded at sea and operational for years, will soon be operational ashore as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) Phase 2 capability in Romania.  I am very proud of the tremendous effort by the entire government/industry team in executing this vitally important mission for our Nation and our allies."

Well, the test again demonstrated that the USA doesn't intend to stop the missile defense deployment in Europe. Obviously, the second phase of the EPAA will be another nail in the coffin of the U.S.-Russia relations. When the U.S.missile defense operational complex in Romania becomes operational, there will be no need to bring up possible cooperation in this sphere in future with Russia. The simple fact is that the USA and NATO have not been interested in collaboration with Russia on the ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) from the very beginning of the relevant consultations, because the system in question is designed against Russia.

If there are still any doubts in the anti-Russian orientation of the system, it will be useful to pay attention to the new "US comprehensive strategy toward Russia", prepared by the Heritage Foundation. Certainly, the Heritage Foundation is famous for its anti-Russian reports. However, this document should not be ignored as this foundation is one of the influential think-tanks in the USA. So, while implementing such strategy, Washington should:

1.  "Increase investment in the U.S. missile defense program and develop a layered, comprehensive missile defense system";

2.  "Deploy an X-band tracking radar to a European member of NATO". Here the Heritage Foundation experts advise to use The Czech Republic as the best location;

3.  "Encourage NATO allies to enhance their ballistic missile and air defense capabilities";

4.  "Make a public statement that "strategic stability" is no longer a basis for U.S.– Russia relations due to Russia’s extensive nuclear weapons modernization programs and investments in ballistic missile defense technologies". The last one not only destroys the existing strategic balance, but also can trigger on an arms race and the possible conflict between the two powers in itself.

While analyzing the Heritage Foundation proposals it is clear what is the real goal of the US BMDS emplaced in Europe and all over the world.

Frankly speaking, by the end of the year the tendencies in the sphere of missile defense may cause a serious regret: all over again the USA and its allies prove that they are moving in the direction of military tensions with the Russian Federation.