Saturday, March 03, 2018

Seriously - From Putin With Love

"No one has listened to us. You listen to us now."
"I want to tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over the last fifteen years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful restrictions and sanctions aimed to contain our country's development: All what you wanted to imped with your policies has now happened."
"You have failed to contain Russia."
"You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I said today isn't a bluff. It's not a bluff, trust me."
"We aren't threatening anyone, we aren't going to attack anyone, we aren't going to take anything from anyone. The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace."
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin
Putin reveals the submarine drone torpedo, officially.
Putin reveals the submarine drone torpedo, officially.

"The thing that sounds mad, the nuclear-propulsion thing, is potentially feasible. I think it's insane."
"Russia already has a ton of systems that can threaten and overwhelm U.S. missile defences."
"The Russians have a genuine worry from their perspective about where U.S. missile defence might go."
"So it totally makes sense for them to try and find ways to defeat not what it is now, but what it may become."
Tom Plant, director of proliferation and nuclear policy, RUSI defence think-tank

Doesn't that sound familiar? Isn't that the rationale behind Kim Jong-Un's determined push to succeed in North Korea's mission to 'defend' itself from malign American interests in destroying North Korea? Isn't it the purported fear of forced administration change, of an American attack, of a plan to unite North and South Korea and abolish the government of the Peoples Republic of North Korea behind the ongoing technical engineering feats in perfecting long-range missiles and testing nuclear devices?

Moscow has long since passed that phase. It's no longer inhabiting the kindergarten of nuclear development; it passed through the high-school phase, has mastered the university-level expertise in nuclear devices, has graduated into post-doctoral exercises in hypersonic devices that could, at least theoretically, bring all electrical-based energy and systems to an abrupt halt, destroying civilization, taking it back to the stone age without killing huge populations outright; just a swift and steady decline toward expiration.

But not to worry. It's all in the sphere of self-protection, of defence. No offence intended, don't you see? Neither Georgia nor Ukraine set out to offend the Kremlin, they just wanted to get on with their own sovereign affairs. But that's not the way that Moscow saw events taking shape that it took grave offence to. An offence that turned swiftly to action to overcome the distasteful provocations that countries hardly realized they were engaged in before being engaged in a conflict not of their choosing.

So, what to make of Vladimir Putin's blithe assurances? Not much, it would seem, in particular given animated video enactments of some of these advanced technologies like the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile "a very threatening weapon", capable of striking over the North or South Pole, evading anti-missile systems as it tears around the planet, torching through the airspace of the United States before heading off elsewhere -- then returning to another American coast; interesting, shall we say?

If that's not sufficiently intriguing how about a nuclear-powered global-range cruise missile capable of delivering a warhead over "practically unlimited range", a propulsion system that Mr. Putin introduced as having been tested and "Nobody else int he world has anything like this." High-speed underwater drones? Those too, powered by nuclear energy "Practically invulnerable", promises Vladimir the Putin, with "fantastic" capabilities capable of operating at "very big" depths: "There are no means in the world to counter it now", he promised.

Laser weapons, check those off too, new weapons making NATO's U.S.-led missile defence "useless". And the "absolutely invulnerable" Avangard hypersonic vehicle that "heads for a target like a meteorite, like a ball of fire", he waxed poetically; able to fly at 20 times the speed of sound. Trust him, he knows. Just off the testing block the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, able to travel 2,000 km to hit targets at ten times the speed of sound, got that? Launched by aircraft, it can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead.

All of these new, advanced technological weapons, showily advantageous as defensive armaments but never to be used for offensive purposes. We have it from the dragon himself.

A screengrab take from Russian promotional video footage shows a submarine launching an unmanned nuclear-power submersible, part of the range of weapons announced by Vladimir Putin.
A screengrab take from Russian promotional video footage shows a submarine launching an unmanned nuclear-power submersible, part of the range of weapons announced by Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Kremlin/EPA

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