Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Russia has been freaking out about American defensive missiles in East Europe and now he's giving S 300 high tech anti air missiles to Iran. Its not a threat to Israel, he assures King Bibi.
Are defensive missiles a threat to rivals?
EDIT To clarify, defensive missiles are used to shoot down other missiles. Like Patriots or Iron Dome.
First of all, Russia's objection to US weapons in eastern European countries
(former members of the Warsaw Pact) seems *not* primarily based upon
the technological capabilities of these weapons. It's based more upon the
Russian conviction that USA flagrantly violated its (unwritten) agreement
*not* to expand NATO into eastern Europe.
"Put It in Writing; How the West Broke Its Promise to Moscow"
--Joshua Shifrinson (29 October 2014)
Given the record of perceived US duplicity, Russia has no reason to trust the USA.
Second, there's the usual US media hysteria about Russian (or Chinese) arms,
in which the 'threatening' capabilities of these weapons are exaggerated.
(Many, if not most, ignorant American journalists seem incapable of distinguishing
an infantry fighting vehicle from a main battle tank.) The Russian S-300
missiles offered to Iran were introduced in the 1990s (though Iran may be
getting a somewhat improved model), not exactly 'state-of-the-art'.
These Russian missiles already have been exported to various counties that are
not known for having anything close to the most advanced weapons in the world.
As I recall, there also was US media hysteria about China buying an old
ex-Soviet aircraft carrier (the Chinese essentially got an empty hull) from
Ukraine. The Chinese are using this aircraft carrier for training. Given its
modest capabilities, it almost certainly never would be used in combat.
But that kind of hysteria may be useful for inflating the US Navy's budget.