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Tsirkon missile can strike targets 600 miles away in 6 minutes [Video]

The Tsirkon became a propagandist’s superstar a few days ago. We discuss this latest addition to Russia’s extremely sophisticated defenses.

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In March of 2018, President Putin made a series of surprising announcements regarding the incredible advances in hypersonic flight technology achieved by Russian engineers and scientists. The Avangard and Kinzhal missiles were both discussed at that time, respectively, Mach 20- and Mach 10-capable systems that were both able to alter course in flight, defeating any and all known anti-missile systems, anywhere. But the Tsirkon (neé Zircon) was not discussed much until very recently, and in the 2019 State of the Nation address, the President talked about this system at length:

Another promising innovation, which is successfully being developed according to plan, is Tsirkon, a hypersonic missile that can reach speeds of approximately Mach 9 and strike a target more than 1,000 km away both under water and on the ground. It can be launched from water, from surface vessels and from submarines, including those that were developed and built for carrying Kalibr high-precision missiles, which means it comes at no additional cost for us.

This was the first time the new missile platform really assumed front and center stage. Vesti Nedeliy ran with the claims that the President made about this missile’s capabilities, and constructed a rather frightening fantasy situation about how Russia could use this system to completely disable US command-and-control facilities a mere six minutes from launch.

While much of the media sensationalism is still, thankfully, very far from being the reality of armed conflict between the US and the Russian Federation, the fact remains that President Putin sees American encroachment around his country as a problem on many levels: multiple treaty violations, manipulation of circumstances and language for the US to justify building what amounts to a containing “ring” around Russia, and the ongoing cultural attacks from the West against his country, who, having suffered the effects of a strictly secular ideology under communism, is interested in regaining some semblance of the Byzantine Christian empire it once was.

To that end, the Russian leadership embarked on a very ambitious project and leaped past the West in the development of hypersonic missiles. Here is what we know about this new entry in the line-up.

The 3M22 Tsirkon is a sea-launched scramjet-powered missile. Its range is rather short relative to its massive speed. Early reports indicated that the missile’s operational range was only about 186 miles (300km), but present information suggests far more than this, at about 1,000km range or 600 miles.

The scramjet engine is capable of sustaining flight at the amazing speed (in atmosphere) of Mach 7, or some 5,328 mph (8,575 km/h), or about 1.8 miles per second. This is a significant fraction of orbital speed (Mach 25), and atmospheric flight at this speed creates thermal problems which the Russians claim to have overcome through their materials engineering.

An interesting note from the video above says that while in flight, the Tsirkon is completely surrounded by plasma, air that is superheated beyond the point where air molecules can remain intact, so the resulting plasma is electrically charged and creates a stealth effect, making the missiles invisible to radar. (However, the heat generated could certainly be detected by infra-red equipment).

The great speed of this missile means that it can get past present-day antimissile systems, even the Mach-4 capable Patriot ABM system. Additionally for the Tsirkon, launch-to-target distances are short, at under 600 miles by present reckonings (the video here shows a much lower range). While the missile cannot spend all its flight time at top speed, the delivery time for such a weapon at maximum range is probably about seven and a half minutes or less.

Vesti and other Russian sources advertise a time-on-target rating of just five minutes from a sea-launch 300 miles off the US coast to the Pentagon. This missile is definitely fast.

We have written before at The Duran about the Russian concept of defense, compared with that of the American forces at this time. While the American military machine is truly massive, with overwhelming force in terms of men and machinery, the concept also includes expendability of both. A massive battlefront would suffer massive losses, but the sheer quantity of forces ought to be able to overwhelm an adversary force.

This was the idea behind the “Shock and Awe” sensationalist campaign that characterized the second Iraq War. But the Russians have a new approach.

This approach relies on a relatively small number of “unstoppable” weapons, such as the hypersonic Avangard, Kinzhal and Tsirkon, as well as a few truly doomsday weapons platforms like the Poseidon underwater drone, capable of detonating a 100 MT nuke underwater to create an artificial tsunami that could take out hundreds of coastal miles in one strike.

The idea is a new feature in the arms race, though in this case, Russia claims aggrieved status more often than not, since the country is not active in any sort of nation-building (or destroying) military action.

War is madness, but it is often madness in response to an attacker’s madness. And while the Russian President is far from a warmonger, his quiet but firm warnings to the West are beginning to be be heard.

 

 

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Russian engineers and scientists are the best worldwide.

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“The great speed of this missile means that it can get past present-day antimissile systems, even the Mach-4 capable Patriot ABM system”.

Perhaps not such a great feat, as much recent evidence suggests that Patriot couldn’t shoot down the “Hindenburg”.

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“While the American military machine is truly massive, with overwhelming force in terms of men and machinery, the concept also includes expendability of both. A massive battlefront would suffer massive losses, but the sheer quantity of forces ought to be able to overwhelm an adversary force”. While this may be true, politically speaking the US armed forces could not sustain even very small losses. If a dozen US soldiers or sailors (clearly identified as such, rather than masquerading as terrorists) were to be killed, the resulting political storm would shake Washington. As for the loss of an entire aircraft carrier… Read more »

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The US regime’s military is a colossus on brittle feet.

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The US war machine might be immense and expensive but it is also spreading itself very thinly – in Ukraine, eastern Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, etc., almost 1,000 overseas military bases, and now it’s taking aim at Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and other Latin American countries. Their “war room” is the entire planet and that requires an awful lot of local knowledge, coordination and strategic planning, which they are not good at. It’s one thing to have a big stick but quite another when it comes to having the capacity to use it effectively. Something they have excelled at… Read more »

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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