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The author of the text reports that “Russia’s defense is currently testing a state-of-the-art missile system that will protect the capital from all kinds of threats, including also those from space.” Furthermore, the text states that “although the new missiles can operate in the low orbit zone, their primary purpose remains to protect the Moscow region” and they can distinguish whether it is a warhead or bait, which is mounted on all intercontinental missiles. The author also states that this is a hypersonic missile system that achieves speeds 10 times faster than the speed of sound (10maha), whose testing began in 2014. In the end, it states that the distinguished is in the fact that “the new missile will not carry any kind of head, but will destroy the target with its kinetic energy,” as well as in the ability to launch missiles mounted on all off-road vehicles, allowing them to transfer quickly and secretly to the desired area.”
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The portal Magazin.mk completely takes over the text from the Serbian portal Kurir.rs. The timing of the publication of the articles is quite symptomatic. Namely, Kurir.rs is the first to publish the article on April 26, 2020 at 17:12, and Magazin.mk expressly takes it and publishes it on April 26, 2020 at 21:52.
The A-235 PL-19 Nudol platform is designed to be a replacement for the existing A-135 (NATO codification GAZELLE) anti-ballistic missile system currently in service in Russia. The upcoming A-235 PL-19 Nudol hypersonic anti-ballistic missile system, originally intended to protect Moscow and the key industrial regions from nuclear attacks, is heavier and more specialized than the S-500, which will not be able to target fighter jets. According to the plans, the A-235 system is expected to have a range of over 1000 km and be able to hit targets outside the Earth’s atmosphere, at altitudes up to 800 km. But the question is whether the original purpose is to defend against ballistic missiles, or is it intended for anti-satellite warfare?
First, since 2012, the United States has had an integrated anti-aircraft and anti-missile operational defense system known by the acronym THAAD (Integrated Air and Missile Defense). Initial testing of this system was done in the year 2000. It is a portable system designed to intercept ballistic missiles in and out of the atmosphere during their final or terminal flight phase. THAAD uses a one-step “hit-to-kill” intercept to destroy incoming ballistic missiles. THAAD is able to intercept incoming missiles within a range of up to 1000 kilometers, and outside the Earth’s 200 km range, mitigating the effects of weapons of mass destruction before they reach the ground. The ability to intercept both inside and outside the atmosphere makes THAAD an important part of the concepts of US and NATO allied missile defense.
But this famously announced system will be much more expensive than the C-500 system and, if it passes the tests, it would be operational in a few years. Whether it will be finalized and operationalized remains to be seen, as Russia has a long history of failed military projects, and one of the main reasons is the inability to cope with the financial costs related to their production. Here are some of Russia’s failed military projects:
- Interrupted production of the T-80 tank, which due to its weak capabilities, showed defeating results in combat;
- The pompously announced “super tank” T-14 Armata, due to technical problems, got stuck at the military parade in 2015;
- The only aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, due to technical problems, often gets stuck and it must be towed back to the port;
- The Mikoyan Project 1.44 (MiG 1.44) has managed to produce only one prototype in more than 30 years;
- The launch of satellites into space from the “Tundra” program was delayed for several years due to technical problems;
- Only one model of a submarine of the K-222 class (NATO codification “Pope”) was produced due to the huge financial costs associated with its production, although it was pompously announced as the fastest submarine;
- – The Su-47 Berkut fighter jet (NATO code “Firkin”) showed major technical weaknesses in flying (wing problems), due to the interrupted production because of high financial costs related to their repair;
- The production of the Black Eagle tank (Russian Destination Object 640) was stopped due to a lack of innovation. Russian authorities deny the existence of such a project but claim that only a few prototypes have been made.
The author uses a strictly selected source that spreads anti-NATO narratives, which, by distorting the real facts, insists that Russia has military superiority over the United States and NATO. The F2N2.mk team labels this article as a classic example of Russian propaganda spread through a Serbian portal in North Macedonia, and a misinformation aimed at discrediting the US and NATO allies. The author’s goal is to create a sense of insecurity, as well as to spread anti-NATO narrative in society.