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Hussites began to launch cruise missiles: how will Saudi Arabia respond?

A few days ago, Ye-husites launched a cruise missile at a target in the UAE. It was supposed to be a nuclear power plant under construction. According to experts, the launched rocket was made in Iran on the basis of the Soviet KR X-55. It is equipped with an autonomous guidance system and is capable of covering a distance of 2500 km.

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  1. Thunderbolt
    Thunderbolt 6 December 2017 19: 59
    According to experts, the launched missile was manufactured in Iran on the basis of the Soviet KR X-55.
    At the presentation of the so-called “White Paper on weapons of mass destruction”, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ivanov said that there was evidence of illegal sale by Ukraine of strategic air-launched cruise missiles X-55 to China and Iran. This transaction was carried out in 2000-2001 by Progress, a subsidiary of Ukrspetsexport.

    This fact in March 2005 was recognized by the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Svyatoslav Piskun. It was he who then, in an interview with the British newspaper The Financial Times, talked about how and why Beijing and Tehran became owners of the KR X-55. The investigation was conducted at the request of a group of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.

    Cruise missiles were exported according to forged documents in which they appeared as an X-11 product. In a strange way, not a single Ukrainian controlling authority noticed the forgery, nor did the then Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko. But the former president of the Security Service of Ukraine Igor Smeshko saved the future president from prosecution. After all, according to him, the head of the cabinet did not have a real impact on arms exports. Yushchenko himself later said that “the previous government” was engaged in smuggling. To which he apparently did not rank himself ... [style]

    Meanwhile, during the investigation, the results of which Svyatoslav Piskun told the media, it turned out that in 2000 six X-55SM missiles were sold to China, and in 2001 also six X-55 missiles and a set of testing equipment KNO-120 were sold to Iran. For these commercial operations, the general director of the company Ukraviazakaz Vladimir Evdokimov in 2005 received 6 years in prison by the verdict of the court. Two more persons involved in the criminal case - the ex-head of Ukrspetsexport Valery Maleev and the Australian Hyder Sarfraz - died in strange car accidents. Their “colleague,” Russian businessman Oleg Orlov, was more fortunate: in February 2006, he was alive and unharmed, and was extradited to Ukraine from the Czech Republic [6]. In addition to selling cruise missiles to China, he was charged with smuggling the P14F radar station to Eritrea in 1999.

    Official Beijing and Tehran have denied the fact of the purchase of the KR X-55. At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic stated that it does not have documentary evidence of a deal with Ukraine. However, a representative of the Iranian opposition group NCRI, Alireza Jafarzadeh, claims that two of the six missiles left to Tehran underwent a reverse engineering analysis and based on them a technology was developed to produce their own CR. Defense enterprises, according to the opposition, have already mastered it. However, experts are skeptical about Jafarzade’s statement, as opponents of the “Ayatollah regime” are known for their tendency to exaggerate its capabilities. [7]
    1. max702
      max702 6 December 2017 23: 59
      The case when the comment is better than the article ...