US Test Fired Missile Formerly Banned in Treaty
Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM – intermediate range) were banned under the INF treaty signed by the US and Russia in 1987. The US test fired one on Sunday.
But NATO and the US both knew that Russia had been violating the agreement for decades, so he President yanked us out of it. No sense wasting our energy when the other guys were upping their game.
Military Times reported
The test occurred 2:30 PM Pacific time Sunday at San Nicolas Island, California, according to a Pentagon announcement. The missile “exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight,” the release said. “Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities.”
The United States exited the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty Aug. 2, following through on a decision made late last year that the treaty no longer benefited American interests.
Here’s the video of that launch.
The Pentagon assured people that the US was not planning a nuclear ground based missile capability. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, however, said that they will “fully pursue the development of these ground-launched conventional missiles as a prudent response to Russia’s actions and as part of the joint force’s broader portfolio of conventional strike options.”
As usual, Russia is not happy. They have promised “as long as the U.S. doesn’t deploy such systems to Europe, we won’t do the same, and as long as there are no US missiles in Asia, there won’t be our missiles in the region.” Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister
The U.S. has accused Russia of first violating the treaty through the development of its own land-based cruise missile, known as the Novator 9M729. Moscow has denied the charge, accusing Washington of having broken the agreement with defense systems suspected of being able to be used offensively as well.
For decades, even NATO allies revealed that Russia was violating the INF. Will this be a new arms race? Guess we’ll find out.
Featured photo: US Department of Defense of the missile launch on Sunday