The Russian State Duma deputies from the Communist Party Valery Rashkin and Sergei Obukhov appealed to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, with a proposal to renew operations of a signal intelligence center in Lourdes (Cuba) and place Russian missiles there in order to protect the interests of Russia and its allies in the CSTO, according to RIA news agency.
“It is worth noting that the performance characteristics of said weapons, according to available data allow, among other things, the use of missiles with a range of up to 500 km. Thus, it is a potential threat to Russian allies in the CSTO (primarily Armenia),” the appeal reads.
According to Russian deputies, in order to protect the interests of Russia and CSTO allies, it is necessary to take comparable measures in response to the “U.S. offensive action.”
“First of all, we are talking about the deployment of Russian launchers with a similar, or even greater, range in Cuba. Also, even more appropriate would be an asymmetrical response to Washington by restoring a Lourdes SIGINT Station,” the deputies wrote.
Such a decision may be taken in the framework of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the Soviet Union and Cuba, which has remained in force ever since its signing, according to the appeal.
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Maybe some TOPOL M to Cuba?
The Topol-M has an improved missile, that is similar to that of the previous Topol. The main difference of the from the previous missile is the way it overcomes enemy air defense and missile defense systems. This missile maneuvers during the flight. Also it carries both active and passive decoys. It is estimated that this missile has a 60-65% chance to penetrate defenses.
This solid-fuel missile has three stages. It carries a single 550 kT capacity warhead. It weights 1.2 t and carries decoys. However this missile was developed from the ground up to have a capability to carry independently targetable warheads. So if there is a need warheads of the Topol-M can be rapidly upgraded with multiple 150 kT capacity independently targetable warheads. Maximum range of fire is 10 500 – 11 000 km. The Topol-M is more accurate than the previous Topol. It has a CEP of about 200 meters.
A road mobile Topol-M TEL is based on Belarusian MZKT-79221 (previously known as MAZ-7922) 16×16 heavy high mobility chassis. This chassis was specially designed for this intercontinental missile. It is similar in design to the MAZ-7917 which was used as a TEL for the Topol missile, but has eight axles instead of seven.
First three and last three axles are steered. So this vehicle is very maneuverable for its size. Also it has good cross-country mobility. The TEL vehicle is operated by a crew of three. The Topol-M mobile launcher has autonomy on roads of 500 km. It allows the vehicle to operate undetected in an area equivalent to a small European country.
Road mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles are harder to detect and hit. It has a high probability of survival the first strike, once the country has been attacked. Once on high alert, the Topol can leave its base and operate in remote forest areas to increase its survivability.
|Basing||Road-mobile and silo-based|
|Missile length||22.7 m|
|Missile diameter||1.86 m|
|Missile weight||47.2 t|
|Warhead weight||1.2 t|
|Number of MIRVs||1|
|Warhead yield||550 kT|
|Range of fire||10 500 – 11 000 km|
|Engine power||800 hp|
|Maximum road speed||45 km/h|