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    Default Novator 9M729: The Russian Missile that Broke INF Treaty's Back?

    The United States has revealed which Russian cruise missile Washington believes is in violation of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.
    Speaking at the Wilson Center on November 29, National Security Council official Christopher Ford revealed that the weapon is in fact the Novator 9M729—which carries the NATO designation of SSC-8. The land-based cruise missile is thought to have a range that falls between 500km and 5,500km, and is therefore illegal under the terms of the treaty, which turns 30 year old today (December 7). Many analysts like Jeff Lewis have long suspected that the INF-busting weapon in question is the 9M729, but until Ford confirmed their suspicions, there was no official word from the United States government.
    The only thing scholars and analysts had to go on was a cryptic paragraph in the U.S. State Department’s April 2017 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments report. There were no other details available.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/novator-9...005100863.html
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    The Trump administration is considering new sanctions to make sure Russia abides by the terms of a 1987 nuclear-arms treaty that limits intermediate-range missiles.
    Russian companies that helped develop a new version of a banned cruise missile will bear the brunt of the sanctions being weighed by the Commerce Department, Politico reported.
    The US says Russia’s newly deployed Novator 9M729 missile violates the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
    If the Russians are breaking the treaty, the US might respond by developing a new intermediate-range cruise missile of its own, the State Department said.
    https://nypost.com/2017/12/09/us-may...anned-missile/

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    In somewhat related news,

    The Kremlin has denied US claims that Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range crashed after only 22 miles.

    The weapon was one of a range of “invincible” nuclear arms announced by Vladimir Putin during a speech in March.

    But sources with direct knowledge of a US intelligence report told CNBC that four tests of the missile between November and February all resulted in crashes.

    The longest flight lasted two minutes and covered 22 miles, while shortest ended only four seconds and five miles after launch, they said.
    Vladimir Putin first touted the cruise missile during a sabre-rattling March speech in which he said Russia had developed “invincible” nuclear arms including a glider warhead, hypersonic missile and underwater drone. One of the accompanying computer animations showed warheads raining down on Florida.

    The “Dagger” hypersonic missiles Mr Putin mentioned were later displayed on the belly of MiG-31 jets roaring over Red Square during the annual Victory Day parade this month.

    The new nuclear weapons were designed to overcome US missile defence systems in countries like Poland and Romania, which “violate the strategic balance” between nuclear powers, he argued.
    Opps.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-intelligence/


    Kinzhal (Russian for ‘dagger’) is an air-launched hypersonic missile that has been undergoing trials in the Russian Armed Forces since December 2017, RIA news agency reports. The new missile was first unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1, alongside some other advanced weapons.

    The missile is launched from high-altitude aircraft, such as the MiG-31K, has an effective range of 2,000km and is able to penetrate all existing and even prospective air-defense systems, while travelling 10 times faster than the speed of sound.

    The munition is highly maneuverable and can be fitted with nuclear or conventional warheads.
    https://www.rt.com/news/425785-russi...issile-parade/
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