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U.S. BMD Can’t Stop Russian ICBMs, Says Russian Commander

Dec. 17, 2015 (EIRNS)—General-Colonel Sergey Karakaev, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, told reporters at a press conference in Moscow yesterday, that the U.S. ballistic missile defense system is incapable of withstanding a massive strike of Russian nuclear ICBMs. The analysis of Russian military experts has found that "neither the firepower potential, nor the data computing capacity of the currently deployed U.S. missile defense" installations, could deal with a swarm attack of the Russian nuclear triad, he said.

According to RT, Karakaev pointed to the estimates of American experts who believe that an effective missile defense system must consist of various integrated types of missile interception means (a "layered defense," as it’s called in the U.S. military—ed.), be it kinetic or laser systems, deployed in all environments, including in space. Therefore, the long-term development plans of Russia’s Strategic Missile Troops have been corrected to take into consideration the predicted scale and pace of U.S. missile defense development, the general said.

The Strategic Missile Troops plans to introduce some "brand new and effective means and techniques to penetrate any missile defense system," General Karakaev said, stressing that Russian ballistic missiles are capable of engaging targets "anywhere in the world." Next generation ballistic missiles with breakthrough characteristics, carrying new means to penetrate ABM systems, would "guarantee the neutralization of emerging potential threats," Karakaev said.