US Needs 5-7 GBIs to Intercept One Topol ICBM - Expert

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  1. Daredevil

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    MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) – The United States will need between five and seven Ground Based Interceptors (GBI) to intercept one Russian Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, a Russian military expert said on Tuesday.

    “From my contacts with the director of the [US Department of Defense’s] Missile Defense Agency, I have learned that the Americans will need five to seven interceptors to engage one Topol-M missile,” retired Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, former chief of staff at Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (1994-1996), told a news conference hosted by RIA Novosti.

    He did not elaborate on the nature of his contacts with the MDA head or when he had received the information.

    The US has deployed 30 GBIs, Yesin said – “26 in Alaska and four in California,” adding that the effectiveness of the US countermissiles is “somewhat limited.”

    He also said missile defense negotiations with the United States will produce no positive results, and that development in that area will continue.

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in mid-March that plans for the final stage of Central European-based missile shields are to be scrapped and that interceptors will instead be placed in Alaska.


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    The US change to the program has come in response to increasingly confrontational rhetoric from North Korea, which said Tuesday that it would restart its nuclear reactor.

    The US says that the positioning of interceptors in Alaska and an additional radar station in Japan are designed to provide further coverage from any possible missiles launched from North Korea, but Russia worries that any missile defense program undermines the integrity of its own military strategy.

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said two weeks ago that security officials from Russia and the United States will meet in the coming months to discuss the impact of recent developments. Antonov said talks could be held at a security conference in Moscow due to take place on May 23-24.

    Russia says it is pressing for “legally binding agreements guaranteeing that US missile defense elements are not aimed against Russia’s strategic nuclear forces."

    US Needs 5-7 GBIs to Intercept One Topol ICBM - Expert | Defense | RIA Novosti
     
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    Topol-M is simply a beast!why can't we build something like that instead of Agni-VI(well i'm quite sure we'll get the necessary help from the Russians as usual in building this new missile):confused:
     
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    I hope INDIA will design a bomb like this in the near future.......
     
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    Agni-V does have a MaRV and it is more than effective to deal with Indias potential enemy which is China and Pakistan with any ABM in can field.

    Topol-M was designed to beat US ABM system both ground and space based including laser , so the requirement was set very high upfront , as you can see it needs 5-7 GBI interceptor to intercept one Topol-M an exchange ratio that is not favourable for any ABM and GBI is the best out there in terms of sheer energy.

    Topol-M is not the best from Russian ICBM technology , it is 90's technology , post that they have deployed multiwarhead RS-24 which has much better anti-ABM feature and a warhead that keeps changing direction with far more sophisticated decoys then Topol-M.

    Beyond that the next technology threshold is medium Avangrad ICBM ( Topol-M is in light class ) that is under testing and will be deployed in 2015 , it really has a very exotic warhead which does not need BUS and has all degrees of freedom in its movement in space.

    Then there is an R&D for new Heavy ICBM under project Inevitibility , thats under development and would represent the best in throw up weight and technology when it gets deployed by 2018-2020.

    Any ways the goal for Russian ICBM development is different from India or China so the capability to beat NATO ABM systems needs top notch technology.
     
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    Boeing Ground-Based Interceptor

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    old but interesting arguments for mobile ICBM systems Topol-M

    Who Doesn't Like the Topol Missile System and Why?
    The Arguments of Enemies of the Most Important Component of Russia's Strategic Nuclear Forces Sin with Nonprofessionalism

     
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