Because of the INF Treaty, the United States has no IRBMs
with which to threaten an analogous response and thereby deter the PLA.
The discussion of the Army's effort covers only the Jupiter IRBM
program and its pioneering work on ablation.
The missiles - IRBM
and ICBM - differ in their range as their names suggest.
He believed the Soviets would use the Turkish IRBMs
to justify arming Cuba--if Turkey could attack across the Black Sea for the US, Cuba could attack across the Gulf of Mexico for the USSR--so, three months before the crisis, he urged US officials to see what needed to be done to remove the missiles, telling Undersecretary of State George Ball to progress the issue.
Regarding planned IRBMs
, see Doug Richardson, "China Plans 4,000 km-Range Conventional Ballistic Missile," Jane's Missiles & Rockets, 1 March 2011.
Tehran's ballistic missiles, primarily the Sejjil-2 and Shehab-3 IRBMs
that are the most formidable in its growing missile arsenal, are the main worry, especially for Israel.
30) Although the precise size of this missile complement in Iranian arsenals is unknown, conservative estimates drawn up following the tripling of Iran's stock of IRBMs
in 2008 suggest a total of between 100 and 150 operational Shahab-3 systems, each capable of carrying high explosives (HE), chemical agents or submunitions.
intention to produce new IRBMs
," the source said, adding the weapon poses a
Britain, and France, without moving nuclear weapons forward to German soil; end leniency for terrorists; step up defensive measures as if it is just about to be hit; and embrace limited missile defense against potentially nuclear-armed Iranian IRBMs
rather than accept the Russian thesis that ten interceptors will perturb the nuclear equation.
Defense News quoted an Israeli general, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying the goal for the Arrow-3 would be to improve the probability of kill-interceptions of incoming intermediate-range ballistic missiles, or IRBMs
, from its current estimated 80 percent to "the very high 90s" percent range.
Moreover, Russian leaders believe their new missiles have countermeasures that should be effective against the nascent US capability, and they are even threatening to reintroduce IRBMs
if necessary to maintain the strategic balance.
bombers and IRBMs
based in Europe directly threatened the Soviet homeland.