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Royal Navy warships ‘must be sent to Gibraltar to protect it from Spain’ during Brexit negotiations

According to the Independent

Former MoD adviser says The Rock’s residents need to be reassured amid sovereignty dispute

hms-ambush (1).jpgHMS Ambush in Gibraltar AFP

British warships must be sent to Gibraltar to “protect it from Spain” during Brexit negotiations, a former Ministry of Defence special adviser has said.

Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, argued the step was needed as part of measures to fend off Madrid’s bid for joint sovereignty as discussions with the European Union continue.

Known as The Rock, Gibraltar lies at the end of the Iberian Peninsula in Spain, but its 30,000 residents have voted several times to remain a British Overseas Territory.

After an overwhelming 96 per cent Remain vote in June’s EU referendum, Spanish foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo swiftly called for the UK to share sovereignty, but the move was snubbed by Westminster.

Mr Coffey said Britain must now act to safeguard Gibraltar’s interests and reassure residents who feel anxious about the outcome of the Brexit vote.

“First and foremost, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Liam Fox, Michael Fallon, and David Davis should make a joint visit to Gibraltar as soon as possible,” he wrote in Conservative Home.

“The Ministry of Defence should also make a grand gesture by increasing the Royal Navy’s visible presence in Gibraltar.  This would send an important message to the Gibraltarians.”

Accusing Spain of “anachronistic behaviour”, he added: “The UK needs to prepare for the worse. This could include maintaining a robust air bridge if the land border is closed.

“Also, in the event of a border closure by Spain, the UK must be prepared to respond with appropriate, firm, and proportionate measures against Madrid.”

In the wake of the EU referendum result Europe minister David Lidington said the UK would continue to stand beside Gibraltar.

“We will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against your wishes,” he added.

“Furthermore, the UK will not enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content.”

The Ministry of Defence has not yet responded to The Independent’s request for comment.

Original post @independent.co.uk


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Sino-Russo Duo: China Mulls Ramping Up Its Missile Defense With Russia

20:00 02.08.2016(updated 20:03 02.08.2016)

With the televised demonstration of China’s latest system of intercepting incoming ballistic missiles during the intermediate stage of their flight, it looks like the People’s Republic is poised to become the second country after the US to deploy a missile shield.

In an interview with Sputnik, Vasily Kashin, a Moscow-based military expert, said that in their effort to develop what may be dubbed HQ-19, the Chinese may possibly be working closely with Russia, whose S-500 Prometey missile defense system, now under development, and the strategic missile system A-235 Nudol, which is currently undergoing trials, will be able to shoot down incoming warheads even before they enter the atmosphere.

The long-range A-235 missile will have a range of up to 1,500 km and will be able to  carry a nuclear warhead which will dramatically improve its ability to shoot down enemy warheads.

“What really matters here is just how many such missile defense systems China will be able to deploy and who they are going to be used against. The modern US ballistic missiles are either land or sea-based intercontinental ones the ATACMS short-range Chinese missiles will hardly be able to deal with,” Kashin said.

As for Japan, Kashin said that even though it has no ballistic missiles of its own, Tokyo, with its advanced space program,  could have no problem developing such missiles.

Taiwan shuttered its ballistic missile programs back in the 1990s, relying instead on cruise missiles.

South Korea’s Hyunmoo ballistic missiles have limited range and pose no real threat to China.

“The deployment of a limited missile defense system will give the Chinese an edge over regional powers, like Iran, Pakistan, India and North Korea, capable of building medium-range missiles and eventually relatively primitive types of ICBMs. And it will also come as a potent means of containing the imaginary missile threat by India,” Kashin added.

With the new system in place, China will also be able to shoot down US spy satellites.

Vasily Kashin said that even though the publicized tests of China’s new missiles defense system were apparently meant as Beijing’s answer to the deployment of US THAAD missiles in South Korea, it would hardly be able to effectively counteract the American missile shield, primarily due to the obvious US edge in the number of nuclear warheads.

“China’s most probable answer to the emergence of THAAD in South Korea could be the deployment of its newly developed cruise missiles to destroy the Americans’ THAAD system during the initial stage of an armed conflict,” Vasily Kashin said in conclusion.

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow’s mutual nuclear deterrent.

Moscow immediately joined Beijing in warning the United States that the deployment would have “irreparable consequences.”

Original post sputniknews.com


Main picture of HQ-19 shephardmedia.com

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Chinese media show footage of possible HQ-19 test

p1682177HQ-19 – Image @janes.com

In a television report about China’s development of anti-ballistic missile (ABM) capabilities, Chinese state media revealed for the first time details of a test the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted of what appears to be an HQ-19 anti-missile system.

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HONGQI-19 (HQ-19)

The HongQi-19 (HQ-19) is said to be China’s counterpart to the U.S.’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense system.


In January of 2010, American ballistic missile defense analysts speculated that the variant of the HQ-19 that was tested was either “co-developed or stolen from the Russian S-400 Triumf.” However, others have speculated that they have nothing to do with each other.

Not much else is known about the HQ-19 at this time. More information will be added as it becomes available. Source missilethreat.com

Long-range A-235 missile Nudol

A–235 Nudol (Russian: Система А-235 / РТЦ-181М / Нудоль) is a Russian anti-ballistic missile system in development. This system is designed to deflect a nuclear attack on Moscow and important industrial regions. The main developer of the system is JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey. The new system should replace the current one — A-135. Missile defense system A-235 will be using the Don-2N radar and the range radar Don 2NP / 5N20P with updated software and hardware; the guidance system of the A-235 complex will be similar to the existing system A-135.

Don-2N radar


Source revolvy.com

Russian Radars Started Active Combat Duty in 2014

Voronezh-Radar-Coverage.pngVoronezh Radar Coverage (KMZ by Pavel Podvig)


The long range Voronezh class radars located at Yeniseysk,Barnaul, Irkutsk and Kaliningrad are currently in a mixed state of full active and experimental combat duty.

The two variants, the Voronezh-DM and Voronezh-M/VP have been in the sights of Russian watchers for some time. That’s because they help form the backbone of Russia’s new early warning radar system, scheduled to be complete by 2020.

Their deployment supports Russia’s ongoing efforts to modernize the military which suffered following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The four radars joined a network of existing Voronezh and older Dnepr, Daryal, and Volga radars located across Russia and the near abroad.

The latest in the series, they are meant to be more cost effective, capable and scalable, according to Russia’s Kommersant Daily. For example, the Voronezh-DM was reported to consume only 0.7 megawatts of power—down from 2 MW and 50 MW that the older Dnepr and Daryal consume.

However, procurement costs have risen in recent years and the radars now range between RUB 2.85 billion and RUB 4.4 billion, up from initial estimates of RUB 1.5 billion. Despite doubling in price, gains have been made in other areas such as faster assembly using prefabricated modules and a lower personnel requirement for operation.

With a reported range of 4200 km, these third generation radars are designed to detect ballistic and cruise missile launches well beyond Russia’s borders. As the primary land-based component for the early warning mission, Russia has moved quickly to complete their construction. Once in operation, they compliment Russia’s early warning space assets, Cosmos 2422 and Cosmos 2446, both in highly-elliptical orbit.

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