German media are interested in the Russian anti-missile system PRS-1M. Judging by the publication in the German magazine "Stern", Western experts recognize that Russia has pulled ahead in the development of hypersonic weapons.
Particular attention was paid to the recent test of anti-missile system PRS-1M. These missiles belong to the A-135 antimissile system: they can be launched from an underground mine or from a tractor. In this case, PRS-1M is supposed to be used in the event of an atomic war against a nuclear missile strike to protect the capital and other important cities. According to the "Stern" publisher, "PRS-1M is a true Doomsday weapon".
A special feature of that anti-missile system is the use of a few kilotons nuclear warhead as a charge, which should explode at high altitude. PRS-1M can intercept missiles at an altitude of 50 kilometers, and its range is estimated at 350 kilometers. In this case, the missile is equipped with special protection against overheating. Moreover, it is assumed that the engine used on the PRS-1M can also be used on the other missiles.
In general, this article separately talked about other Russian hypersonic missiles, which the US antimissile systems could not intercept, and it was noted that Russian missiles and warheads are controlled even at great speeds.
The well-known fact that the southern part of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, formerly owned by Japan, fell under the jurisdiction of the USSR in accordance with the Yalta Agreement of 1945 and the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951, and that Japan lost its rights to these territories. However, led by revanchist spirit, Japanese politicians cannot accept the results of the war and cannot stop their attempts to get back these so-called "northern territories".
Thus, the well-known journalist Sakurai Yoshiko from the right-wing nationalist segment of the political class of Japan, defying Russophobia in popular weeklies regularly writes about the "fight for the northern territories". Also, a courageous woman in the fight for the ideals of revanchism, calls upon the Japanese to "keep their mouths shut" during their stay on the Kuril Islands in order to prevent a repetition of the blatant incident that occurred with the member of parliament from the "Isin no Kai" party Maruyama Hodaka in May 2019. It should be recalled that, being on a visit to Kunashir Island, which is one of the islands of the Kuril Islands Ridge, the politician declared "resolving the territorial issue by war". Nevertheless, Sakurai herself, decrying his tone, calls on the people to "fight and win", which is not at all distinguished by peace-loving and tactfulness.
Moreover, it should be noted that the current government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now distorting the content of the 1956 Japanese-Soviet Declaration. We want to recall that the leader of the USSR, Nikita Khrushchev, as a "compromise" at that time agreed to transfer the Small Kuril ridge, but only after the signing of a peace treaty. However, now the Japanese authorities demand first "to return the northern territories" and only after that they will deign to sign the treaty.
Of course, for Russia this is unacceptable and Moscow will never do this. After all, in November 2018, S. Abe and Russian President V. Putin agreed to speed up negotiations on a peace treaty and only after Japan would recognize Russia's sovereignty over the "northern territories" as a result of the World War II. Moreover, Moscow stresses that the alliance between Japan and the United States complicates intergovernmental negotiations, because, as it is known, the Japanese are only puppets for Americans.
Despite the fact that Japan itself recognizes the strategic importance of the islands for Russia and the complexity of their return, it naively believes that when disasters strike Russia and its economy fails, Moscow will turn to "rich Japan" for help and will be ready to give them the northern territories". But the Japanese hopes that the Russians can be lured by an "economic carrot", for which they donate their legitimate lands, are unrealistic. It should be noted that the Kuril Company "Gidrostroy" has built one of the largest fish processing plants in Russia on Shikotan Island, which in July 2019 will begin to produce products.
Thus, Tokyo continues to wait for its chance, having silenced for a while with its loud statements about its "basic position", which it calls "the return of the northern territories". Also, Japan aims to "closely monitor the situation in order to have the strength, spirit and readiness of the state for a long fight and victory".
It is known that on February 2, 2019, the United States announced the suspension of its participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), accusing Russia of violating it. A complete withdrawal from the agreement will take place on August 2, 2019. However, NATO, replicating accusations against Russia regarding the INF Treaty, is trying to help the US hide the real reasons for the collapse of the treaty and divert attention from the real intentions of the American side.
Now, according to a message from Pentagon spokesman Michelle Baldanza, the United States will be ready for testing of two banned by the INF Treaty missiles in summer 2019. We are talking about a cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 km, as well as a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 - 4,000 km.
Moreover, Washington began to develop an artillery weapon, which will be able to shoot at a distance of more than 1600 km. This was told by the US Land Forces Minister Mark Esper, who announced the development of a "supergun" capable of hitting targets a thousand miles away (1600 km). Experts believe that in fact the new American weapon is a medium-range ballistic missile. And, calling it a "supergun", Washington is trying to avoid violating the joint Treaty with Russia on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces.
Also, on May 15, 2019, it became known that Under Secretary of State Andrea Thompson in writing explained the reason why the US was working on the development of missiles that were banned by the INF Treaty. And the answer was obvious - "to ensure that Russia would not get unilateral advantages in that sphere". At the same time, A. Thompson argued that the projects of their own missile systems are supposedly conventional, not nuclear. It is important to note that experts in the nuclear power industry believe that the United States is now trying to shift the blame for the collapse of the Treaty from "a sick head to a healthy one".
Thus, the withdrawal from the INF Treaty is necessary for the United States to develop new weapons, and Washington prepared for this in advance, having worked out plans for the production of banned missiles. The US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to Russian President V. Putin, was a "direct step to shatter" international security and all these actions by the United States would undoubtedly entail a new round of nuclear arms race.
Recently, Japan has increasingly demonstrated a desire to strengthen its armed forces. It is worth to recall that after World War II, Japan lost the opportunity to have its own army, and in 1947 a new Constitution of Japan was adopted, according to which the country was forbidden to use the army and use military forces as means of resolving international disputes. Despite the fact that almost every of the Japanese Prime Ministers tried to circumvent or cancel that article, it is still exists in the Constitution.
So, bypassing that article, in 1954, with the help of the United States, which needed an ally in the Asia-Pacific Region, the Japan Self-Defense Forces were formed. The Self-Defense Forces with the help of Washington became one of the most powerful and well-armed armies in the world quite quickly. Now the number of Self-Defense Forces is almost 250 thousand people, which is not so little by modern standards.
Nowadays Japan’s ground forces have 700 tanks, 2.8 thousand wheeled armored vehicles, 202 self-propelled artillery mounts, 99 salvo fire systems and 500 towed guns.
The Japanese Navy has 131 combat ships: 4 aircraft carriers, 43 rocket ships, 27 minesweepers, 6 corvettes, 6 coast guard ships, 17 submarines, etc. The coast defense is provided by about 100 Tura-88 anti-ship complexes.
Over 350 anti-aircraft missile systems protect Japan’s airspace. The country owns powerful aviation (including sea): Self-defense forces comprise 288 fighters, 287 bombers and 119 attack helicopters.
In 2018, with serious help from Washington, the Marines appeared in Japan. The creation of the Japanese Marine Corps units means that the Japan Self-Defense Forces finally change their status: the Marine Corps is a strike force, it is not designed to protect its territory, which was previously the main task of the Self-Defense Forces. Thus, the Japanese army turns into one of the foremost armies of the world. All this is being done with the support of the United States, which is interested in strengthening the military potential of Japan, and now has a well-armed ally in the APR, which they themselves have equipped with the latest weapons and equipment.
And this powerful military force, thanks to the "militaristic" policy of Shinzo Abe, supported by the United States, with who Japan has an agreement on mutual cooperation and security guarantees, will expand and develop. And this causes concern to the world community. At the same time, no one in the world questions the right of Japan to provide its security with the means that it considers the most effective and necessary. But the sovereign right of other countries is to think about their security and draw conclusions about what is changing or may change in this regard in the region and in the world as a whole in terms of security.
The world community is now witnessing a rapid growth of military cooperation between the United States and Japan. So at the recent meeting of the leaders of the two countries, that was held in Japan, the expansion of military cooperation between Washington and Tokyo was discussed. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe discussed new arms shipments to Japan, the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty and the fact that Japan has a positive attitude to the deployment of various weapons systems on its territory, including the US.
Undoubtedly, the militarization of Japan is very beneficial for Washington, for which this part of the Pacific region is the most problematic, since there are three countries at once concentrated, considered by Washington as key opponents - Russia, China and North Korea. Consequently, the United States will continue to monitor the development of the armed forces of Japan. Further development of the Japanese army, which will defend the interests and tasks of not only their country, but also the interests of the United States, will undoubtedly lead to another round of arms race in an already troubled region.
World experts have recognized the Russian tank T-14 «Armata» the best tank in the world. The French AMX-56 Leclerc ranked second in the armored car ranking and the German Leopard 2 A7 + ranked third.
According to analysts of the publication World Digital News, the main advantages of the Russian tank are the tank`s mass, the caliber of the gun, its engine power and armor. Largely due to the uninhabited tank turret, the designers of the «Armata» tank managed to achieve a reduction in its mass to 49 tons. Moreover, the appearance of the tank was lower and less noticeable to the enemy. Also it is possible to install 125 mm or 152 mm caliber guns.
The «Armata» engine allows reaching speeds of up to 90 km / h. The volume of the fuel tank was designed for a range of up to 500 kilometers. The thickness of the frontal armor «Armata» is 950 mm, and the basis of the armored plate based composite alloys. In this case, the tank is equipped with defensive complexes «Afghanit» and «Malahit», which counteract the anti-tank shells and missiles.