Segundo matéria da Reuters, a Rússia deve instalar mísseis nucleares no enclave de Kaliningrado até 2019 como resposta à ativação do escudo antimísseis balísticos dos EUA na Europa. O posicionamento de mísseis armados com ogivas nucleares também pode ocorrer na Crimeia, território anexado pela Rússia em 2014.
Rail wars? Russia ponders new railroad-based missile systems
Rússia Today / By Robert Bridge -22/10/2012
Plans are underway to create combat railway-based missile systems designed to give Russia a more flexible means of defense.
The system consists of a train with two or three diesel locomotives and specialized railcars, which look like refrigerator or passenger railcars, but carry intercontinental ballistic missiles, together with command posts, Col. Vadim Koval, the Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman for the Strategic Rocket Forces (RVSN)the Russian Defense Ministry, told reporters. (mais…)
Iran threatens to attack US bases if war erupts
Rússia Today – 24/09/2012
Iranian officials say they aren’t scared of Israel’s threats of a military assault aimed at their rumored nuclear warhead program, but a senior officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says such a strike would warrant retaliation against US bases.
Should Israel make good with its warning of using military force to take down an Iranian nuke procurement plan, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says that the response will be costly for the United States military, even if America does not endorse a unilateral strike on Iran. (mais…)
EU bans import of Iranian gas to European countries – German FM
Rússia today -15/10/2012
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the EU is banning the import of Iranian natural gas into union nations. The announcement came as EU governments agreed to one of the toughest sets of sanctions yet on Iran’s nuclear program.
The sanctions also include a ban on financial transactions between European and Iranian banks, with some exceptions for those involving humanitarian aid, food, and medicine purchases. (mais…)
Energia nuclear deve dominar eleição geral japonesa
Estadão.com.br – 03/08/2012
Reuters Tóquio – A crescente oposição japonesa à energia nuclear depois do desastre de Fukushima poderá ser decisiva numa eleição geral que muitos esperam que possa acontecer nos próximos meses e que provavelmente levará à queda do Partido Democrático do Japão, apenas três anos depois da sua avassaladora vitória eleitoral. (mais…)
US draws up plans for nuclear drones
The Guardian – 02/04/2012 – por Nick Fielding
American scientists have drawn up plans for a new generation of nuclear-powered drones capable of flying over remote regions of the world for months on end without refuelling.
The blueprints for the new drones, which have been developed by Sandia National Laboratories – the US government’s principal nuclear research and development agency – and defence contractor Northrop Grumman, were designed to increase flying time “from days to months” while making more power available for operating equipment, according to a project summary published by Sandia.
“It’s pretty terrifying prospect,” said Chris Coles of Drone Wars UK, which campaigns against the increasing use of drones for both military and civilian purposes. “Drones are much less safe than other aircraft and tend to crash a lot. There is a major push by this industry to increase the use of drones and both the public and government are struggling to keep up with the implications.”
The highly sensitive research into what is termed “ultra-persistence technologies” set out to solve three problems associated with drones: insufficient “hang time” over a potential target; lack of power for running sophisticated surveillance and weapons systems; and lack of communications capacity.
The Sandia-Northrop Grumman team looked at numerous different power systems for large- and medium-sized drones before settling on a nuclear solution. Northrop Grumman is known to have patented a drone equipped with a helium-cooled nuclear reactor as long ago as 1986, and has previously worked on nuclear projects with the US air force research laboratory. Designs for nuclear-powered aircraft are known to go back as far as the 1950s. (mais…)