Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

USA plans to begin long-banned missile test this year

USA plans to begin long-banned missile test this year

The projects expected to be launched include a low-flying cruise missile with a potential range of about 1,000 km and a ballistic missile with a range of roughly 3,000-4,000 km, reported USA media citing anonymous Pentagon officials. The tests are scheduled to take place immediately after the US' official withdrawal from the INF treaty with Russian Federation is finalized.

According to comments by US officials to the Associated Press, the United States will begin testing two weapons-both armed exclusively with a conventional payload.

Trump withdrew from the treaty on February 1 and triggered a formal six-month wait period before the final expiry of the agreement.

The United States is mulling starting testing later this year types of missiles that were banned by a decades-old nuclear treaty, USA media reported on Wednesday.

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Kyiv says the collapse of a landmark Cold War arms-control pact gives it a free hand to develop new ballistic missiles.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russia's actions were in breach of the INF treaty and posed a serious military threat to Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to design new weapons banned under the pact but said he would deploy them only if the United States does.

A senior defense officer stated, "We're going to test a ground-launched cruise missile in August", and if the testing is successful the missile could be stationed within 18 months.

Arms control advocates and Democrats in Congress have questioned the wisdom of leaving the INF treaty, while accepting USA allegations that Russian Federation is violating it by deploying a cruise missile that can target American allies in Europe. Both systems would likely be deployed with the U.S. Army.

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The United States used systems that "de facto were in violation of the basic provisions of the INF Treaty", Peskov stressed. It applies to deployed and non-deployed ground-based missiles of intermediate range (1,000-5,000 kilometers) and shorter range (500-1,000 kilometers).

Hodges did not elaborate on how the treaty could be replaced but noted that in any case, "transparency and a clear protocol on compliance with observers" should be a bottom line of the issue of arms control. It would not be ready for deployment for at least five years.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied the allegations that the missile violates the treaty, pointing out that American missile defence systems deployed in Europe can be re-purposed for offensive use and therefore are themselves violating the accord.

However, he thinks it could be possible that the Trump administration was simply arranging for an end of the INF treaty.

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