Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

U.S. plans tests this year of long-banned types of missiles

February 1, Trump withdrew from the INF Treaty, sparking a six-month wait period before complete expiration of the treaty.

The INF Treaty, signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 barred both sides indefinitely from possessing any cruise or ballistic missiles-nuclear or conventional-with ranges between 500 km and 5,500 km. The new cruise missile is supposed to have a range of 1,000 kilometers, while the ballistic missile will have a range of 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers, the officials said.

According to comments by USA officials to the Associated Press, the United States will begin testing two weapons-both armed exclusively with a conventional payload. Washington is determined to withdraw from the treaty in six months unless Russian Federation returns to "real and verifiable" compliance, he said.

The INF treaty was an arms control landmark in the final years of the Cold War, but it began unraveling several years ago when Washington accused Russian Federation of developing, testing and, more recently, deploying a cruise missile that USA officials say violates the treaty.

It's unclear if the United States will develop an all-new missile booster for the new IRBM or if the payload will be a hypersonic weapon.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russia's actions were in breach of the INF treaty and posed a serious military threat to Europe.

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Reuters cited the unidentified Pentagon official as saying that the USA is also looking to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile in November.

According to another senior defence official, it will essentially involve putting a Tomahawk missile in a container that could be placed on a ship or in a mobile launcher. The official said that could take place within 18 months.

The defense officials told reporters that allies in Europe and Asia had not yet been consulted about the planned missile tests or if they would be deployed on their territory.

The United States used systems that "de facto were in violation of the basic provisions of the INF Treaty", Peskov stressed.

The new nuclear cruise missiles designing to strike targets that neither an intercontinental ballistic missile nor a submarine launched ballistic missile can strike. "Think Pershing II. It's a missile of that class". "You have already heard about the results of the tests we have held, but we adhered to certain restrictions imposed on us by the INF Treaty", the president said. Russian Federation also accused USA of breaking the 1987 pact, allegations that U.S. has denied.

Both the Obama administration and the Trump administration urged Russian Federation to come back into compliance with the INF Treaty and end the production and deployment of its banned intermediate-range missile.

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