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WASHINGTON – As Russia continues to voice vehement opposition to a European anti-ballistic missile defense system, the United States has continued with work on the defensive shield by installing an Aegis Ashore system which normally goes onto ships, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The shield has been adapted for land-based use and will be deployed in Romania and Poland. It is looked upon as providing yet another level in a multi-layer defense system that protects against an attack from Iran. It also includes the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, and Patriot missile batteries.
With the Aegis system, Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, said that a multi-layered effect can be achieved.
Russia, however, isn’t standing still and intends to deploy its latest mobile S-400 missile defense system in the Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad. Russia may upgrade its own ballistic missiles with more advanced warheads.
The Russians also have issued a stark warning of a pre-emptive strike on the European facilities, even though analysts don’t believe the Russians would carry out such a threat.
Such a warning, however, recently was made by Russian Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Nikolai Markarov, and many are taking it seriously.
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