US Navy has no defense against Russian supersonic anti-ship missile Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Russia, and now maybe Iran, has got an anti-ship missile called the “Sizzler” (SS-N-27 Sizzler called “Klub” missile by the Russians) for which the US Navy has no defense.

The Sizzler or Klub missile is a multi-stage missile that flies just above the water. It flies at a subsonic speed until it reaches the range of the enemy ship’s radar, which reportedly is about 30 to 40 miles. The part with the warhead then separates. It accelerates to a supersonic speed of Mach 2.9 and zig-zags toward the target.

It’s radar is turned off making it hard to spot. Three seconds before striking the target the Sizzler turns its radar back on to home in on the target.

Russian Supersonic Klub Anti-Ship Missile

According to a year 2007 article on Bloomberg dot com the US Navy had no defense against the Sizzler missile at that time: “Navy Lacks Plan to Defend Against `Sizzler’ Missile”

As of today’s date it appears that the US Navy still does not have a defense against the supersonic anti-ship missile.

The way to develop a defense against such a weapon is to develop a similar weapon and then find a way to defeat  the similar weapon. The US Navy is doing just that. It’s called the MSST (Multi-Stage Supersonic Target). However, the prototype will not be ready until the year 2014 according to the Janes dot com web site.

Excerpts from Janes dot com:

The MSST (Multi-Stage Supersonic Target is being developed to simulate the threat of next-generation surface to surface anti-ship cruise missiles – such as the Novator 34M-54E Klub, for example (SS-N-27, NATO reporting name ‘Sizzler’) – that cruise at subsonic speeds, initiate a separation, then make a supersonic dash to their intended target.

A final RFP (request for proposals) was issued in November 2007 and, competing with a bid from a Northrop Grumman/Orbital Sciences team, ATK was awarded a four-year, $97 million development contract by US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) in early September 2008.

Two evaluation and seven development ZGQM-173A prototypes are to be built under this contract, with a first flight expected in the second quarter of 2011. Development completion is due by October 2012, after which a production decision will be taken with a view to service entry in 2014.

So the US government is provoking Iran and Russia. The US Navy has got fleets of ships in the Persian Gulf region where the enemy has got weapons for which there is no defense.

A scenario like the one described above is a sure way to get your navy sunk. You wonder what the US government could be thinking.

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Russia, China have economic ties with Iran; West feels Iranian oil belongs to them Tuesday, Dec 27 2011 

You may remember back in 1979 there was a coup in Iran. The Iranians overthrew the Shah of Iran, who was a puppet for the US. The Western oil companies, which had developed the petroleum industry in Iran, were kicked out of Iran when the Shah fell.

One of the commentators in the video says that the American oil companies feel that the Iranian oil still belongs to them. That is the impetus for the hostility towards Iran.

The video explains the commercial, and possible military, ties between Russia and China, and Iran.

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Russian tunnel under the Beiring Strait may be fulfillment of Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 Tuesday, Dec 27 2011 

Many are not aware of this issue but Russia is planning to build a tunnel under the Bering Strait. The sixty mile plus tunnel would connect Siberia with Alaska.

Considering the hostilities between Russia and the United States, which have been brewing for years now, why on earth would Russia want to build a tunnel to connect to the North American continent? Could it be for legitimate commerce or are the Russians planning an eventual invasion of North America?

According to an article on Forbes dot com the Russian government has already approved funding for the project: “Russia Reportedly Planning to Build Tunnel Under Bering Strait”

Now Ezekiel Chapter 38 is a latter day or end of the age prophecy. It tells of a land of unwalled villages where a peaceful people dwell safely. The prophecy could not be talking about the old promised land because the old Jerusalem has many walled off areas.

The following two verses are what Gog from the land of Magog tells himself:

Ezekiel 38:11 “You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’ —

Ezekiel 38:12 “to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.

Ezekiel 38:15 “Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.

Then in Ezekiel Chapter 39 God tells Gog that he will bring them “up from the north.”

Ezekiel 39:2 “and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.

How do you come “up” from the north? Simple. Russia’s army is going to go up to Siberia, then cross the Bering Strait, then flood their troops into North America.

Russia has giant tunnel boring machines. The city of Moscow has a tunnel called the Lefortovo Tunnel. It has a length of about two miles. It was opened in the year 2003. Russia may already be building a tunnel under the Bering Strait. Time will tell.

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Global military buildup for World War III Sunday, Dec 25 2011 

In this video by Global Research TV the host James Corbett analyzes conflicts around the globe. One of the commentators in the video, Michael Chossodovsky, says that the US Congress has declared the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield in a likely conflict with Iran as safe for the surrounding population.

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From the video:
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“The world’s attention is increasingly focused on Syria and Iran as the region continues to move toward military confrontation.

Less noticed, however, is that the pieces are being put into place for a truly global conflict, with military buildup taking place in every region and threatening to draw in all of the world’s major powers.”

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Russia is bolstering its intercontinental ballistic missile capability Wednesday, Dec 21 2011 

Russia is countering the US’s plans to build a missile defense system in eastern Poland. The Russian government says that they are building a 100-ton missile to replace their previous truck mounted ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile).

Bible Times Today made two previous blog entries regarding the eastern Europe missile defense shield.

US adamant about building missile bases in Europe in spite of Russian protests

Russia on combat alert, Medvedev said they will attack U.S. installations in Europe

Russia Is Building A New 100-Ton Monster Ballistic Missile In Response To The Euro Missile Shield

Russian Topol Missile

Not content to sit idly by while the U.S. parks a sophisticated missile defense system in Europe, Russia has come out with two interesting announcements.

Pravda reports that to “preserve parity in the field,” Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will be renovating their Topol-M and Yars RS-24 missile systems and constructing an enormous new 100-ton ballistic missile to replace the RS-36 Voyevoda ICBM, known in the west as the Satan missile. Read rest of report on Business Insider.

N. Korean leader Kim Jong Ill dies, South Korea braces for possible invasion Monday, Dec 19 2011 

North Korea has an extensive network of tunnels. Many of them run underneath the border with South Korea. In the event that N. Korea launches a military assault across the border the S. Korean army will be quickly defeated.

Google search for N. Korea tunnels

The US has 28,500 troops stationed in S. Korea. In the event of a war most of those troops will likely be lost.

North Korea considers the United States to be their primary enemy. They have intercontinental ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads that can reach the North American continent. In the event that the US interferes with a military invasion by N. Korea they may use them.

South Korea military on emergency alert in swift reaction to Kim Jong-il’s death

South Korea placed its military on a state of high alert as its government reacted swiftly to news of the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il.

Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, immediately convened a national security council meeting and placed government officials on emergency response status, banning all leave and travel.

Mr Lee also ordered its military on emergency alert, increased border air patrols and asked its United States ally, which posts 28,500 troops in the south, to step up surveillance via planes and satellites.

All police officers were also called to work on emergency duty while commanders were discussing “a detailed course of action” in response to the death of the North Korean leader.

No unusual movements have been observed from the north since the announcement that Kim has passed away, paving the way for the likely succession of his son Kim Jung-un.

However, Mr Lee’s swift, systematic and slightly nervous response reflected a widespread regional caution in handling potential issues which may arise with the unpredictable state at a time of major transition. Read rest of report.

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Here is a YouTube video that gives a glimpse at one of the N. Korean tunnels.

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A Reuters news report about N. Korean tunnels and nuclear tests.

North Korea digging tunnels for likely nuclear test: report

North Korea is digging tunnels at a site where it has launched two nuclear tests, suggesting it is preparing a third, the South’s Yonhap news agency said on Sunday, a development which would trigger concern across the region. Read Reuters report.

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The Rense dot com web site gives a fairly comprehensive analysis of N. Korea’s military ability and their military doctrine regarding a war with the US. The Rense report says that N. Korea sent 100 tunnel warfare experts to help the North Vietnamese build the now-infamous tunnels that North Vietnam used to defeat the US.

Below are excerpts from the Rense report.

N Korea Military Tactics In A War With US

Third, North Korea’s total war plan has two components: massive conventional warfare and weapons of mass destruction.

If the US mounts a preemptive strike on North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear plants, North Korea will retaliate with weapons of mass destruction: North Korea will mount strategic nuclear attacks on the US targets.

Nuclear weapons are offensive weapons and there is no defense against nuclear attacks except retaliatory nuclear attacks. For this reason, North Korea’s war plan is offensive in nature: North Korea’s war plan goes beyond repulsing US attackers and calls for destruction of the United States. Read entire Rense analysis.

Iran said to have “jamming” technology to disable US spy satellites Saturday, Dec 17 2011 

There is a report being made by a foreign news agency that says Iran has technology to blind US spy satellites. The news agency, Ynet news dot com, says that a European  intelligence source told the Christian Science Monitor that the Iranians have access to jamming technology to disable US spy satellites.

Russia and China are not known for their technological prowess. So it’s not likely that they could have developed the technology and gave or sold it to Iran.

If Iran does have satellite jamming technology then an entity or a spy ring within the United States government would have had to have stolen the technology and then sold it to Iran.

Bible Times Today has made earlier posts about the US spy drone that fell into Iranian hands. Here are two posts about the issue:

President Obama declines Pentagon’s plans to destroy the downed high tech stealth drone giving technology to Iran

Spy drone that Iranians claimed to shoot down was a high-tech stealth model

There is something peculiar about the US spy drone to Iran scenario. It is strange that a country like Iran, who like Russia and China is not known for technological prowess, could have commandeered a sophisticated stealth spy drone. Strange indeed.

Maybe Iran does have possession of high technology that permits them to interfere with US military equipment. The only question is: Where did they get it?

Report: Iran ‘blinded’ CIA spy satellite

Is Iran in possession of satellite jamming technology? A European intelligence source claimed Iran stunned Western intelligence agencies when it managed to “blind a CIA spy satellite by aiming a laser burst quite accurately,” in a never before reported incident.

According to an article in The Christian Science Monitor, this unreported incident might suggest that the Iranians have successively gained access to jamming technology, allowing them to track unmanned aerial vehicle navigation capabilities.

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Fox News on Sunday that such an option is possible.

“Some reports have said Russia sold (Iran) a very sophisticated jamming system a short time ago. Now, our military says that is not true, it came down because of a malfunction. I certainly hope that’s right because if the Russians have provided Iran with sophisticated jamming equipment it means a lot else is at risk too,” said Bolton.

He added that Congress should be quite concerned if Iran is in possession of jamming technology that can bring down missiles, planes and communications and guidance systems “for a whole range of our weapon systems.” Read rest of the report on Ynet news dot com

Declassified spy satellite on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

Artists’ rendering of a US spy satellite.

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putsin says the US does not want to be friends. Friday, Dec 16 2011 

Below are the comments the one who owns the video made on the YouTube web site:

Putin: US seeks to enslave world

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said that the United States intends to dominate other countries, adding that the world is sick and tired of taking orders from Washington.

“Sometimes it seems to me that America does not need allies, it needs vassals,” Putin said on Thursday during an annual televised call-in show, Reuters reported.

He added that “people are tired of the dictates of one country.”

Putin said that Russia once wanted to be a US ally, but now he could not see any alliance between the two countries.

As an instance of the US imposing its political will on its allies, he cited its invasion of Iraq in 2003, when Washington attacked the Middle Eastern country and then forced its allies to join the war.

“Is that alliance? Is that mutual decision-making? Alliance means discussion, making a joint decision, outlining an agenda concerning common threats and ways to tackle them,” the premier questioned.

He also attacked former US presidential candidate John McCain for his comments on Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election.

The polls were followed by protests, alleging electoral fraud, and calls for a rerun. McCain used the tense atmosphere to accuse Moscow of holding ‘disputed parliamentary polls’ and said the country was awaiting an ‘Arab Spring.’

Putin stated that the results echoed the will of the people.

The returns “reflects the actual line-up of forces in the country, as well as the fact that the ruling force, the United Russia party, has lost certain positions,” he noted.

The premier rejected the opposition’s calls for a rerun and accused those, who had organized the massive protest rallies, of working to weaken Russia on behalf of certain Western states.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he accused Washington of illegally using its surveillance drones to track down the deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and have him killed by the Libyan opposition without subjecting him to any investigation or trial.

 

War clouds gather in the Middle East Friday, Dec 16 2011 

Russian president Vladimir Putin has accused the US government of instigating the protests in Russia against him. “Putin accuses Clinton of instigating protesters

Bible Times Today has earlier made posts about US troops surrounding Syria. “US troops reported to be amassing around Syria’s border

Also, we made a post about Russia selling 72 Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria. “Russia delivers 72 anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria

And then you’ve heard about the off-again/on-again missile defense system the US is planning to build in Poland. Russia considers the missile defense system to be an encroachment against them. “US adamant about building missile bases in Europe in spite of Russian protests

So, now we’ve got Syria deploying the Russian made Bastion mobile missile launch system, which uses the Yakhont cruise missiles, along its coast line. The Yakhont cruise missile can fly 15 feet above the water at a velocity of two times the speed of sound. (See Yakhont Anti-Ship Missile)

Basically, the Yakhont cruise missile is capable of sinking any ships within the eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea.

Syria deploys “Bastion” missile system along coastline

Syria is deploying the “Bastion” advanced missile system along its coast. There had been uncertainty over the contract to supply Syria with Russia’s advanced mobile coastal defence system L-300P “Bastion” carrying “Yakhont” missiles. Few people believed in the possibility of supplying Damascus with these weapons after the launch of the “reset” between Russia and the U.S. in 2009 because the move could really upset the balance of power in the Eastern Mediterranean. Read the rest of the story on The Voice of Russia news web site.

 

 

Chinese aircraft carrier sets sail Thursday, Dec 15 2011 

China now has the ability to project its power to places around the world.

US satellite gives first glimpse of China’s aircraft carrier

A commercial US satellite company has captured a photo of China’s first aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea off the Chinese coast.

The Chinese aircraft carrier Varyag is seen from space during its second sea trial in the Yellow Sea, approximately 100 kilometers south-southeast of the port of Dalian.

The aircraft carrier set sail from the northeastern port of Dalian

DigitalGlobe said one of its satellites photographed the carrier December 8 and that an analyst found the image Tuesday while searching through photos.

Stephen Wood, director of DigitalGlobe’s analysis center, said he was confident the ship is the Chinese carrier because of the location and date of the photo. The carrier was on a sea trial at the time.

DigitalGlobe sells satellite imagery and analysis to clients that include the US military, emergency response agencies and private companies. DigitalGlobe has three orbiting satellites and a fourth is under construction.

The aircraft carrier has generated intense international interest because of what it might portend about China’s intentions as a military power.

The former Soviet Union started building the carrier, which it called the Varyag, but never finished it. When the Soviet Union collapsed, it ended up in the hands of Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.

China bought the ship from Ukraine in 1998 and spent years refurbishing it. It had no engines, weaponry or navigation systems when China acquired it.

China has said the carrier is intended for research and training, which has led to speculation that it plans to build future copies.

China initially said little about its plans for the carrier but has been more open in recent years, said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

“It wasn’t until the Chinese actually announced they were sending it out on a trial run they admitted, ‘Yes, we are actually launching a carrier,'” she said.

The carrier’s progress is in line with the U.S. military’s expectations, said Commander Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Defence Department spokeswoman.

A report to Congress this year said the carrier could become operationally available to the Chinese navy by the end of next year but without aircraft.

“From that point, it will take several additional years before the carrier has an operationally viable air group,” she said.

Read report on The Telegraph.

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