Monday, June 21, 2010

Deadly new Russian weapon hides in shipping container

A new cruise-missile system being marketed by a Russian firm is attracting attention as a weapon that, according to its own promotional video, could transform ordinary civilian freight vehicles into long-range missile launchers.

Russian Company offering the "Club K" cruise missile system hasn't sold any units, but their prototypes sure work well. Barabanov said the Club-K used proven missiles from Novator, an established Russian maker of weponry including anti-submarine, surface-to-air and sumbamarine-launched missiles, The prototypes being mobile units, which generally have S 300 or PMU-2 missiles on them, and these types of missile tubes can be mounted on Russian Made mobile platforms similar to those which have been sold to nations like Iran and others. The cruise missiles mounted on first stage rockets are launched and then the wings fold or pop out as the missile makes its way to the target.

These missiles could have any number of warheads such as nuclear, anti-ship, anti-personnel, or other type munitions. Recently, a video rendering of such a weapon system mounted inside cloaked as a cargo container hit the Internet, an excellent animation with some brilliant thinking that went into it. The estimated price for one cargo container with four missile tubes $25-40 million dollars. Apparently, the Russian company wants to sell this to Asian nations as part of their arsenal. Unfortunately, this causes a real challenge to world trade. If you cannot trust the freight or cargo containers you cannot trust cargo ships, trans-national trucking, or rail, and we already know it's next to impossible to check all the cargo containers.

Potential customers for the formidable Club-K system include Kremlin allies Iran and Venezula, says defense experts. They worry that countries could pass on the satellite-guided missiles, which are very hard to detect, to terrorist groups.

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