Putin Readies Missile Defense System for North Korean “Escalation”
According to the U.K. Daily Mail, the Buk-M3 defense system can counter cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, military planes and helicopters. This is the first time its been deployed in Russia’s vast east.
Moscow, which claims Western militaries have no match for the missile defense system, has expressed “profound concern” over North Korea’s missile launches, which have increased tensions in the region, according to the U.K. Daily Express.
Vasily Kashin, a research fellow from the Institute of the Russian Far East, told The Express the deployment was “a precautionary move” Russia took to guard against “escalation in the Korean Peninsula.”
“The brigade can be relocated further east and used to cover administrative and industrial centers from possible missile or aviation attack,” he said.
Training was scheduled to continue for two months after which the Buk-M3 “will be fully prepared for combat missions,” The Express reported.
The new systems can reportedly attack up to 36 targets moving at a speed of up to 3,000 metres per second simultaneously.
The system will be based in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, and about 2,000 miles from the Russian/North Korean border. However, weapons experts told the Daily Mail that the defense system can be quickly relocated should the need arise.
Putin is putting his cards out on the table by placing this new defense system in the region of any military operations involving Korea.
And he’s showing Kim, as well as the rest of the world, that he’s not messing around.