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Russian general cites NATO missile threat

Russian general cites NATO missile threat
WAX2003012851 - USS FLORIDA, Bahamas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- USS Florida launches a Tomahawk cruise missile during Giant Shadow in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas on Jan. 14, 2003. Giant Shadow is a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)/Naval Submarine Forces experiment to test the capabilities of the Navy's future guided missile submarines. Florida is one of four Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBN) being converted to guided missile submarines (SSGN). Giant Shadow is the first experiment under the "Sea Trial" initiative of the Chief of Naval Operations' Sea Power 21 vision and the first in a series of experiments before converting and overhauling the four SSBNs to SSGNs. The SSGNs will have the capability to support and launch up to 154 Tomahawk missiles, a significant increase in capacity as compared to other platforms. rlw/U.S. Navy UPI | License Photo

MOSCOW, May 28 (UPI) -- Russia must upgrade its air defenses because Western powers will have 80,000 cruise missiles by 2020, a senior general said Saturday.

About 2,000 of those missiles will be nuclear, Gen. Igor Sheremet, deputy commander of the general staff, told Ekho Moskvy radio in an interview reported by RIA Novosti.

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The NATO missiles will be able to launch "disarming or even decapitation strikes," he warned.

In November, President Dmitry Medvedev announced plans to combine existing air defense and missile defense networks, early-warning systems and airspace monitoring systems under a unified strategic command.

Gen. Valery Ivanov, commander of new force, said in February it will be operating by the end of this year.

Russia's leading missile manufacturer, Almaz-Antei, has said it will have at least six types of advanced air defense systems ready by 2015.

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