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originally posted by: tommyjo
originally posted by: FlyingFox
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: FlyingFox
In all likelihood, "the enemy" had been informed that the launch was going to occur.
What if....not? Was NATO informed of the recent Topal M test?
As I was saying, there could be a definite purpose to NOT informing the enemy.
Nothing to do with NATO. The pre-warning of ICBM/SLBM launches goes back to the 1980s and the then signatories between the then Soviet Union and the US. Both sides realised that a test launch could be mis-interpreted as a rogue launch or the start of an attack. The notifications continued through the various nuclear treaties signed between Russian and the US.
The Russians would have been pre-warned with a time-frame to expect a launch as per the nav warnings published.
2. For launches of SLBMs from submarines, the notification shall indicate the general area from which the missile will be launched. Such notification shall indicate either the quadrant within the ocean (that is, the ninety-degree sector encompassing approximately one-fourth of the area of the ocean) or the body of water (for example, sea or bay) from which the launch is planned to take place.
3. For all launches of ICBMs or SLBMs, the notification shall indicate the geographic coordinates of the planned impact area or areas of the reentry vehicles. Such an area shall be specified either by indicating the geographic coordinates of the boundary points of the area, or by indicating the geographic coordinates of the center of a circle with a radius specified in kilometers or nautical miles. The size of the impact area shall be determined by the notifying Party at its discretion.
originally posted by: game over man
a reply to: Zaphod58
I want links...I'm not taking anonymous screen names spreading rumors or the word of Jim Oberg. I want facts and links not words put in bold like you're yelling at me. I asked you was the US notified of the Norway Spiral?
Don't our missiles have a shield of some sort?
Um, regarding your first question. How can you ask that if you think there is some sort of shield. But no, there is no way to tell if the missile carries an armed warhead.
Didn't someone mention that even without notifying our enemies they would know the missile was unarmed from satellite/radar tracking?
You lose the bet.
I bet the US is not notified when other countries test their missiles.
Russia informed the United States earlier this week that it would carry out a test launch Tuesday of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a US defense official said.
"We have been notified of this test earlier this week. It's not unexpected," the defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
Putin has emphasized that Russia must maintain a strong nuclear deterrent, in part because of an anti-missile shield the United States is building in Europe which Moscow says could undermine its security.