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Defence experts are warning of a new danger of ballistic-weapons proliferation after a Russian company started marketing a cruise missile that can be launched from a shipping container.
It is feared that the covert Club-K missile attack system could prove "game-changing" in fighting wars with small countries, which would gain a remote capacity to mount missiles on boats, trucks or railways.
Iran and Venezuela have already shown an interest in the Club-K Container Missile System, which could allow them to carry out pre-emptive strikes from behind an enemy's missile defences.
Experts say the system is designed to be concealed as a standard 40-foot shipping container that is impossible to identity.
Priced at about $15 million, each container is fitted with four cruise anti-ship or land attack missiles. The system is being marketed as an affordable "strategic level weapon."
"What alerted me to this was that the Russians were advertising it at a specific international defence event and they have marketed it very squarely at anyone under threat of action from the U.S."
Reuben Johnson, a Pentagon consultant, said the system would be a "real maritime fear for anyone with a waterfront."
This relatively cheap, extra-smart, easy-to-use Club-K Container Missile System, which Moscow has put on the open market, allows cruise missiles concealed in freight containers to be launched from a prepositioned or moving land or sea platform. It is virtually undetectable by radar until activated. No wonder, Iran and Venezuela were keenly interested when the Club-K was put on the market at the Defense Services Asia exhibition in Malaysia this week for $15 million.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian company is marketing a devastating new cruise missile system which can be hidden inside a shipping container, giving any merchant vessel the capability to wipe out an aircraft carrier. Potential customers for the formidable Club-K system include Kremlin allies Iran and Venezuela, say defense experts. They worry that countries could pass on the satellite-guided missiles, which are very hard to detect, to terrorist groups.
Originally posted by Iblis
But hey, you know what? Good for the Russians. Making warfare an even more dangerous thing for the average civilian and to appease nutjobs like Venezuela or North Korea. Good going.[edit on 26-4-2010 by Iblis]
Originally posted by Iblis
So from now on, whenever the United States goes to war, they're going to decimate every part of your country that is involved in the import or exportation of goods. Essentially, whether or not this is a large conflict, you just gave up any chance of having an economy for the next half-decade.
Experts say the system is designed to be concealed as a standard 40-foot shipping container
Originally posted by METACOMET
A cruise missile inside a 40 foot shipping container? How is this game changing? How is this new technology? Any country can (and always could) conceal cruise missiles inside a shipping container.
Originally posted by Dimitri Dzengalshlevi
reply to post by belial259
Because it can be remotely fired from the shipping container at any time. If you have it on top of the cargo ship, you can use it. If you pick it up at the port and place it on a truck, you can use it. If you bury it slightly under the ground, you can use it.