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Iran: A Bridge too Far? The weapon that could defeat the US in the Gulf

 
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Iran: A Bridge too Far?

The Sunburn Missile: The Weapon That Could Defeat The US In The Gulf

By USAHM-News on September 18, 2012 /

By Mark Gaffney

“A word to the reader: The following paper is so shocking that, after preparing the initial draft, I didn’t want to believe it myself, and resolved to disprove it with more research. However, I only succeeded in turning up more evidence in support of my thesis. And I repeated this cycle of discovery and denial several more times before finally deciding to go with the article. I believe that a serious writer must follow the trail of evidence, no matter where it leads, and report back. So here is my story. Don’t be surprised if it causes you to squirm. Its purpose is not to make predictions history makes fools of those who claim to know the future but simply to describe the peril that awaits us in the Persian Gulf. By awakening to the extent of that danger, perhaps we can still find a way to save our nation and the world from disaster. If we are very lucky, we might even create an alternative future that holds some promise of resolving the monumental conflicts of our time. – MG

In July, 2004, they dubbed it operation Summer Pulse: a simultaneous mustering of US Naval forces, world wide, that was unprecedented. According to the Navy, it was the first exercise of its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP), the purpose of which was to enable the Navy to respond quickly to an international crisis. The Navy wanted to show its increased force readiness, that is, its capacity to rapidly move combat power to any global hot spot. Never in the history of the US Navy had so many carrier battle groups been involved in a single operation. Even the US fleet massed in the Gulf and eastern Mediterranean during operation Desert Storm in 1991, and in the recent invasion of Iraq, never exceeded six battle groups. But last July and August there were seven of them on the move, each battle group consisting of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with its full complement of 7-8 supporting ships, and 70 or more assorted aircraft. Most of the activity, according to various reports, was in the Pacific, where the fleet participated in joint exercises with the Taiwanese navy.

But why so much naval power underway at the same time? What potential world crisis could possibly require more battle groups than were deployed during the recent invasion of Iraq? In past years, when the US has seen fit to “show the flag” or flex its naval muscle, one or two carrier groups have sufficed. Why this global show of power? The news headlines about the joint-maneuvers in the South China Sea read: “Saber Rattling Unnerves China”, and: “Huge Show of Force Worries Chinese.” But the reality was quite different, and, as we shall see, has grave ramifications for the continuing US military presence in the Persian Gulf; because operation Summer Pulse reflected a high-level Pentagon decision that an unprecedented show of strength was needed to counter what is viewed as a growing threat in the particular case of China, because of Peking’s newest Sovremenny-class destroyers recently acquired from Russia.

“Nonsense!” you are probably thinking. That’s impossible. How could a few picayune destroyers threaten the US Pacific fleet?” Here is where the story thickens: Summer Pulse amounted to a tacit acknowledgement, obvious to anyone paying attention, that the United States has been eclipsed in an important area of military technology, and that this qualitative edge is now being wielded by others, including the Chinese; because those otherwise very ordinary destroyers were, in fact, launching platforms for Russian-made 3M-82 Moskit anti-ship cruise missiles (NATO designation: SS-N-22 Sunburn), a weapon for which the US Navy currently has no defense. Here I am not suggesting that the US status of lone world Superpower has been surpassed. I am simply saying that a new global balance of power is emerging, in which other individual states may, on occasion, achieve “an asymmetric advantage” over the US.

The Sunburn Missile: I was shocked when I learned the facts about these Russian-made cruise missiles. The problem is that so many of us suffer from two common misperceptions. The first follows from our assumption that Russia is militarily weak, as a result of the breakup of the old Soviet system. Actually, this is accurate, but it does not reflect the complexities. Although the Russian navy continues to rust in port, and the Russian army is in disarray, in certain key areas Russian technology is actually superior to our own. And nowhere is this truer than in the vital area of anti-ship cruise missile technology, where the Russians hold at least a ten-year lead over the US. The second misperception has to do with our complacency in general about missiles-as-weapons probably attributable to the pathetic performance of Saddam Hussein’s Scuds during the first Gulf war: a dangerous illusion that I will now attempt to rectify.
Many years ago, Soviet planners gave up trying to match the US Navy ship for ship, gun for gun, and dollar for dollar. The Soviets simply could not compete with the high levels of US spending required to build up and maintain a huge naval armada. They shrewdly adopted an alternative approach based on strategic defense. They searched for weaknesses, and sought relatively inexpensive ways to exploit those weaknesses. The Soviets succeeded: by developing several supersonic anti-ship missiles, one of which, the SS-N-22 Sunburn, has been called “the most lethal missile in the world today.”

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Oh the irony, even Trumpty humpty is jumping Hitlerys war monger band wagon against Iran

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The sunburn is OLD NEWS. That's a 20 year old weapon system now.

That's been answered already, I doubt the sunburn is going to nail anything. The U.S. can probably just shut it off.
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The sunburn is OLD NEWS. That's a 20 year old weapon system now.

That's been answered already, I doubt the sunburn is going to nail anything. The U.S. can probably just shut it off.
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YEAH..IT'S LIKE A TIRED OLD MEXICAN ...
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Thats a maps of the theatre in question, should the US attack Iran as you can see by the map, iran will have no problem taking bahrain, kuwait, the UAE, mining the gulf and going head on with saudi arabia which will turn into the real theatre of battle...Oman will be compromised as well and theres a very high possibility the US may not win a naval confrontation in the gulf, it is possible we could lose an aircraft carrier with 3000 souls aboard...This confrontation will not end well for anyone...it will affect fuel prices world wide and lets not talk about how much it will add the the national debt, you have to figure around 20 billion easy...Be carefull what you wish for and all that
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The author of the article fails to acknowledge black projects that are 50-70 years ahead of everyone else. Why would we announce we can stop their missile? They would just start something else. Only commie cUntries brag about their 'latest' shit.
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The author of the article fails to acknowledge black projects that are 50-70 years ahead of everyone else. Why would we announce we can stop their missile? They would just start something else. Only commie cUntries brag about their 'latest' shit.
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The AC fails to acknowledge the Nazi Flying Saucer Bases on the moon and under Antarctica, nor does he take into account Nibiru and the Anunaki. They are thousands of years ahead of us.
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1991 Desert Fox under G H.W "Nebuchadnezzar" Bush is a fox mastermind by the great Anti-Christ. Imagine the very opposite of Jesus Christ with great physic power.

And he said to them: “Go and tell that fox: ‘Behold, I cast out demons and accomplish healings, today and tomorrow. And on the third day I reach the end.’ - Jesus in Luke 13:32

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And thanks to you, just found accurate date of our Lord Jesus departure on the cross by searching online and connecting the dot's with John the Baptist.

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