Russian S-400 Teams Strike Enemy; Japanese Military Space Unit; US and Saudi Arabia Discuss Security

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 8 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

S-400 teams strike enemy high-speed missiles in Volga area drills

The teams of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from the air defense forces of Russia’s Central Military District repelled an attack by a notional enemy’s high-speed missiles during the drills in the Samara and Saratov Regions in the Volga area, TASS reported.

“The personnel employed the Nebo-U radar station to identify missile launches at a distance of about 350 km. The air defense troops were assigned the task of promptly aiming the systems at the targets, tracking and engaging them and destroying the air objects by counter launches after they were identified,” the District’s press office said in a statement.

The S-400 teams detected and struck over 30 high-speed targets moving at a speed of about 1,000 m/s at various altitudes by making electronic launches, the statement says.

Japan to Create Military Space Unit to Catch Up With Rivals – Reports

The Japanese government intends to create a military space unit of the country’s Self-Defence Forces in 2020 in connection with the increased use of space for defense purposes by other countries, including the United States, Russia and China, Space War reported.

According to Japanese newspaper, it is expected that a new 70-strong unit will be stationed at an airbase in the city of Fuchu west of Tokyo. The plan for its creation was drafted in December 2018.

The Japanese government is currently working on a ground-based space tracking system comprising a highly sensitive radar and an optical telescope, its operation is expected from 2023, the publication said.

The main task of the unit will be to monitor space debris, threats of attacks or interference by other countries’ satellites.

Saudi crown prince, Pompeo discuss maritime security, Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed maritime security, Iran and Yemen with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a phone call on Wednesday, Arab News reported.

“The secretary discussed heightened tensions in the region and the need for stronger maritime security in order to promote freedom of navigation,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

Iran has seized three tanker ships in strategic Gulf waters in less than a month, and the United States has accused it of carrying out multiple attacks on ships in the region.

The US has been struggling to piece together an international coalition to protect cargo ships traveling through the Gulf, with allies concerned about being dragged into conflict with Iran.

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Source: Arab News, Space War, TASS

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