Iran has Russian Missile technology

#1
From Debka

March 18, 2005



The Ukrainian prosecutor-general Svyatoslav Piksun created a major international flap Friday, March 18, when he admitted to the Financial Times that 18 X-55 strategic cruise missiles, also known as Kh-55, had been “exported” - 12 to Iran and 6 to China in 2001. He could not explain how the “significant leak” of technology from the former Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal occurred, but said the missiles had been sold without nuclear warheads.

The X-55 has a ranged of 3,000 km and is capable of carrying 200 kiloton nuclear warheads. Launched from Su-24 long-range strike aircraft in the Iranian air force, it can put Japan, all of Russia and Israel within range. Piksun’s admission is the first official confirmation of the Ukrainian missile sale that was first made public last month by a Ukrainian parliament member.

Their acquisition heightens concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The US embassy in Kiev is “closely monitoring” the investigation and demands the findings be made public in full. The Japanese embassy echoed the demand.

DEBKAfile’s Moscow sources reveal that the Ukrainian shipment to Iran included radioactive materials for making “dirty bombs.”

According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the 12 strategic cruise missiles place the strategic ratio between the Islamic Republic and Israel on a completely new level. Iran shares this asset with only two other world powers, the United States and Russia. This weapon is used for destroying known relatively fixed-position targets, such as Israel’s Dimona nuclear center and population centers. Its guidance system combines inertial-Doppler navigation and position correction based on in-flight comparison of terrain in targeted regions with images stored in the memory of its on-board computer. The propulsion system is a dual-flow engine located underneath the missile’s tail.

Possession of the Kh-55 makes Iran’s Shahab-3 or its projected Shahab-4 missile programs irrelevant. Tehran may have given them exposure as a red herring to distract attention from its high-profile missile asset.

The breakup of the Soviet Union left about 1,000 missiles in Ukraine’s arsenal, half of which were meant to be turned over to Russia in the 1990s and half destroyed under a US-funded disarmament program. The 18 sold under the table slipped through the cracks of this accord.

The previous government in Kiev arrested and charged a local businessman for the illegal exports and his trial is still underway, the Ukrainian prosecutor said, adding that two Russian businessmen were suspected of masterminding the sale, one of whom, Oleg Orlov, was arrested last July in Prague in response to a Ukrainian warrant. Under the new government that took office in January, SBU chief Alexander Turchinov has reopened the investigation.
PTP, Zionist Propoganda?
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#4
Debka - Buwahahahahahhahahaa.

That's all I have to say on that. Anymore on that story of 82nd AB already being inside Iran?

Debka, we tell the truth -Our way.

Debka guess, and when they once in a while get a guess right, it's all about their 'sources'

If you compare the Arrse hit rate to Debka, then people would be subscriibng here.
 
#6
Sorry Tom6 , posted at silly o'clock last night under the influence of booze.

I meant this part

DEBKAfile’s Moscow sources reveal that the Ukrainian shipment to Iran included radioactive materials for making “dirty bombs.”
No one is surprised about Russian Military equipment being sold to dodgy parties, they have a tradition of it. The bit I laughed at was the usual DEBKA hysterical fingerpointing.
 
#7
Sophisticated pieces of kit like cruise missiles require a fair amount of maintenance and specialist kit and spares to perform said maintenance. Plus something to launch from. And suitably detailed terrain info on the target and route in to programme it. None of these items has been mentioned in the stories I've seen so it's unlikely that they'll be in the air at all soon.

What it does do is give the recipient something to take apart and play with, perhaps speeding their efforts to build one up.
 

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