A Game-Changing Weapon


The Russian company Concern Morinformsystem-Agat is marketing a deadly new weapon, one that can allow a rogue state to overcome the technological superiority of Western militaries. The system can even be used to carry out devastating attacks on the U.S. homeland with little means of defense.

The system, as seen in its promotional video, allows a weak nation to strike the land and sea targets of a superior force by placing cruise missiles into any type of 40 foot container. The video uses a ship, truck and train as examples of potential launching platforms. This means that once this weapon is sold, any of these transportation vehicles have to be seen as missile pads.

The West normally relies upon advanced surveillance to detect and monitor such pads so that prior notice of a launch can be achieved, allowing for the site to be destroyed before the missile takes off or the missile to be intercepted. This warning allows for preparations for impact to be undertaken and retaliatory measures to be evaluated. By concealing and launching the missiles from cargo containers, there is absolutely minimal time to react, as effective surveillance would require following every truck, train or ship.

In addition, these vehicles can cross borders, making it more difficult to identify the perpetrator of an attack and impossible to predict where an attack might come from. The missiles might from a shipping vessel off the coast or a truck that crossed via the Mexican border. With a range of 220 kilometers, or about 136 miles, they can either be fired from a safe distance from the border or the distance can be minimized by getting close to the target by being hidden.

The affect of such an attack would be devastating. Military targets like aircraft carriers could be destroyed, or a key piece of infrastructure could be disabled. The U.S. would have to begin checking all the ship cargo entering via the ports and the trucks entering the country, dramatically slowing down commerce while leaving open the possibility for further attacks. This weapon is just as much a psychological and economic weapon as it is military.

It is clear that the weapon is meant for anti-American clients. In the promotional video, the military forces preparing to attack include high-tech warships and aircraft, a way of not-so-subtly pointing out to prospective customers that the system can allow them to stand up to Western aggressors. The words of a spokeswoman for the Russian company make it obvious that the Club-K system was made with enemies of the U.S. in mind.

“…not every country can afford expensive toys…But nobody has the right to deprive these countries of the opportunity to have the power of sovereignty. Moreover, the potential aggressor should keep in mind that he can suffer unacceptable damage,” she said.

The company maintains that the system is designed to be one of the “effective countermeasures against state terrorism.” The company can only be referring to the United States and Israel. Their goal is to help countries like Iran, Syria and Venezuela gain the means to alter the balance of power and deter any aggressive action against them.

The Telegraph touched on this, writing that “Some experts believe that if Iraq had the Club-K system in 2003 it would have made it impossible for America to invade with any container ship in the Gulf a potential threat.” For a minor cost of $10-20 million, these countries can make the consequences of military action against them so high that they can mostly act as they please.

Concern has been voiced that the weapon could fall into the hands of terrorists. The missiles use satellites for their precision targeting, so the idea that Al-Qaeda or another terrorist not acting as a saboteur on behalf of a state could use them is far-fetched. However, that does not mean that a rogue state couldn’t use such terrorists as proxies and use their own satellites to guide the missiles.

The Russian company dismisses this concern, saying that arms exports regulations mean that the weapon will only be given to a responsible state. This is a laughable rebuttal, as Russian arms form an important part of every rogue state’s arsenal and Russia is not deterred by the fact that their assistance to those rogue states indirectly helps terrorists.

In September 2008, Israel’s top information security official in the military claimed that the information given to Syria by Russian intelligence-gathering ships and listening posts in the Golan Heights was being used to help Hezbollah.  Russia doesn’t even have Hamas or Hezbollah on their list of terrorist organizations. It is quite possible that Iran and Syria will use terrorist operatives to carry out an attack with the weapon, as could Venezuela. North Korea could buy it and sell it to countries around the world. The more countries that possess the Club-K, the more likely it is to be used in an offensive fashion as it becomes more difficult for the victim to pinpoint the source of the attack.

Luckily, there is still time to stop the weapon from being sold. The system has not yet been assembled, and is just being pitched for buyers so that funding can begin its construction and testing. Russia is influenced by international pressure, as their consistent delays to deliver the S-300 air-defense system to Iran shows. The West needs to come together to demand that the Club-K does not leave the borders of Russia and prepare to intercept it as soon as it does.

  • traeh

    Unfortunately, this is just one small example of an accelerating trend. The acceleration of technological progress means not only that we can do more and more with less and less. It also means that we can destroy more and more with less and less, and it means that that destructive power will tend to become more and more accessible, not only to states but also to small groups with limited resources. Researchers will create WMD in ever more varieties, with ever greater destructive power, ever more inexpensively, which will make them ever more accessible. They will thus become ever more difficult to monitor. This will lead to some truly huge disasters, and then almost everyone will agree that privacy as we know it will end. When, say, a million people die as a result of, say, bioterror or bioerror, there will be irresistible social pressure to introduce surveillance just about everywhere. The challenge for the U.S. will be whether, in circumstances where privacy is tremendously reduced and surveillance is everywhere, the U.S. will nevertheless be able to retain some degree of freedom for its citizens.

    • chris jones

      Lord help us. You're right!

    • Dora

      I just wish that MORE could see that we are losing our freedoms every day to those communist and Marxists in the White House

    • Devon

      You are too damn right!

  • tarleton

    Sooner or later we are going to wake up to a nuclear 9/11 , with no one to take responsibility….it's coming…those gangsters in N Korea are testing A bombs of 1kt

  • tarleton

    Sooner or later we are going to wake up to a nuclear 9/11 , with no one to take responsibility….it's coming…those gangsters in N Korea are testing A bombs of 1kt

    • MikeCNJ

      I think someone will take responsibility…that would be the nearest enemy of the US.

      Think of it this way…when you know who the possible players are, but DON'T know which one did the dirty…JUST PICK ONE!

      Does it REALLY matter which one?

    • MikeCNJ

      I think someone will take responsibility…that would be the nearest enemy of the US.

      Think of it this way…when you know who the possible players are, but DON'T know which one did the dirty…JUST PICK ONE!

      Does it REALLY matter which one?

    • Kanwi

      Why would any saavy rogue claim responsibility and take away the painful hunt for a culprit.?

    • Annonomous

      N Korea tested thermonuclear devices. The design was very sophisticated to get the yield down so low. This is done to make testing safer. Once a working design is achieved then it is a relatively simple matter to increase the yield.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/darkmorrow darkmorrow

    Oh GOODY! More and more I think its time to test one of our BIG BOY TOYS above ground on some desert, say, one that's located in ancient Persia.

    • Annonomous

      Say, in the north central area? The letter "T" seems to come to mind here.

  • Dennis

    Kick ass and take names………later. Dennis

  • USMCSniper

    Jie Klein has it right. Even if we are attacked with biological or chemical weapons, President Obama is has declared our use of any type of nuclear weapons in response is totally off limits in most cases – and for which ones it isn't he left undefined.

    President Obama is also renounced the development of any new nuclear weapons, overriding the initial position of his own Secretary of Defense. The nuclear freeze crowd was dancing in the streets.

    President Obama has also established a limited exception to his no-nuclear response policy when it comes to Iran and North Korea and is not including attacks by a nuclear state within the scope of his ban on a nuclear response. He has signaled a major retreat from our country’s long bipartisan policy of deterrence, containment and deliberate public ambiguity about our nuclear strategy which does not provide much comfort.

    • Paul

      Obama will become the new Mad Magazine mascot, replacing Alfred E. Newman. His motto will also be "What, Me Worry?" And most of his "la di da, la di da," constituency will buy it, waving him the Peace sign, and chanting "Don't worry, be happy," as they march over the ruins of their cities.

  • Jean

    Yikes!

  • George

    Let's not forget that slightly less "technological" missles and threats exist. When the USSR fell apart, Soviet Generals were known to be selling weapons in order to support their armies since no funds were comming from Moscow. Scud missles were reported to be available, and apparently still are, for around 100K on the black market. One of these with an atomic bomb launched from a freighter off our coast is said to be one of the ways to get an EMP weapon to devastate the US. No sophisticated targeting is necessary, only launch to a sufficient height and the lights go out.
    As a nation, we are walking through the gang dominated section of town without a clue of the danger.

    • Polonius

      Right on the money George. Not only the lights, every other grid (transportation, communications, etc.) would be shut down. Somebody get word to Big Sis at Homeland Security that maybe it would be a good idea to 'harden' our infrastructure.
      It's one of the things DHS is supposed to protect & would be a good candidate for 'stimulus' funding. Don't put off your own personal emergency planning…we've not much time!

  • George

    Let's not forget that slightly less "technological" missles and threats exist. When the USSR fell apart, Soviet Generals were known to be selling weapons in order to support their armies since no funds were comming from Moscow. Scud missles were reported to be available, and apparently still are, for around 100K on the black market. One of these with an atomic bomb launched from a freighter off our coast is said to be one of the ways to get an EMP weapon to devastate the US. No sophisticated targeting is necessary, only launch to a sufficient height and the lights go out.
    As a nation, we are walking through the gang dominated section of town without a clue of the danger.

  • USMCSniper

    Jie Klein has it right. Even if we are attacked with biological or chemical weapons, President Obama is has declared our use of any type of nuclear weapons in response is totally off limits in most cases – and for which ones it isn't he left undefined.

    President Obama is also renounced the development of any new nuclear weapons, overriding the initial position of his own Secretary of Defense. The nuclear freeze crowd was dancing in the streets.

    President Obama has also established a limited exception to his no-nuclear response policy when it comes to Iran and North Korea and is not including attacks by a nuclear state within the scope of his ban on a nuclear response. He has signaled a major retreat from our country’s long bipartisan policy of deterrence, containment and deliberate public ambiguity about our nuclear strategy which does not provide much comfort.

  • patrick doyle

    we know who wants these weapons and we know why and if we smash the jumped up little fuckers before they take delivery of them, then russia will not get any orders for them, end of the game.

    • Paul

      We need to clearly define the word "stability" to Russia, and make clear that it's America's #1 priority in global relations. And therefore, their selling destabilizing weapons to rogue nations, and indirectly to terrorist groups, they are in effect acting completely contrary to our #1 goal. We can already see the headlights; we hear the horns; we feel the vibrations under our feet; and we know that the drivers have no desire to step on the brakes. We need a Plan A. We need to tell the public about what's heading their way.

  • Jason'sPapa

    The devil is in the details. Get all of Israel's enemies together and try to force Israel to "Drop Your
    Weapons!" Then they can attack at will. Sad, very sad. God does not need WMD's. Remember
    Sodom and Gomorrah?

  • http://www.payasyougocarinsurance.info Zulema Reeves

    I agree, but the plasma ball will vaporize any evidence of whose weapon it was, and the Russians still have plenty of nukes and they've never stopped modernizing their force.

  • jas-patriot

    Can you say EMP launched in Kansas City? Yikes. There is only one use for a weapon disguised in such a manner, the evasion of detection and delivery deep into a Western country full of transports like this.

  • Bogdan the Aussie

    Start defending yourself by removing Obama. By force if necessary…

  • D Vogtman

    How about iforming Russia that ANY such weapon that hits the U.S. will be considered to have come from Russia and will be dealt with accordingly.

  • Kevin Wood

    the radioactive signature will tell the 'victim' where the uranium (or warhead came from.) There will be trace elements even in the debris. (Sort of like a nuclear CIS).

  • Annonomous

    If this type of weapon is made available directly or indrectly to terrorists or rogue states and used against the US or our allies then perhaps we need to investigate the plausible deniability issues in supplying a 300KT warhead to a (Russian) seperatist group. They are small (100Kg) and would make a VERY impressive crater in what now is Red Square!

  • Buck

    This kind of behavior is why we need to ignore what any country agrees or disagrees with and do what we have to do to defend America and Israel . We know who our enemies are , all communist nations and the nation of Islam , we have to rid America of all internal communists , socialists and muslims . Muslims may not all be guilty of violence but we can see that does'nt make them harnless , ie; France ,Germany , Denmark , brussels , and England . They destroy by building large muslim societies within other societies then take over by applying sharia law in their own communities, destroying with the help of overly tolerant idiots in ostrich like governments .

  • spucehill

    How about a preemptive strike on Russia and/or its toady pals now? Or, will we sit on our hands and wait for part of our nation and/or Israel to suffer disastrous destruction of life and property before we stagger to the finish line? With the current Administration in D.C. in charge, I'll bet on no action any time soon.

    • Gabe Lawrence

      I always here people complaining about our invasion of Iraq…but one thing we'll never read about in the papers is, "Saddam Hussein and his two sons have just launched missles at the United States". He's no longer a mennace to the world.

    • interested@this

      A preemptive strike on Russia would cost the US its economy and infrastructure in many areas. Russia is not like Iraq or Afganistan, they have highly sophisticated weapons and technology just like we do. Before going to war with another superpower, we must way the cost in detail. No doubt we would win in the end, but with what left?

  • Shucksters

    Has anyone ever noticed that there are sea containers sitting around in all kinds of places? Does anyone know who they belong to or how long they have been sitting in one spot?

    NAWW, no one pays any attention to sea containers. What if China had scattered sea containers all around America years ago and they are all armed with a nuke device, just sitting there waiting for us to really piss them off.

    Or pick another prospective enemy, makes no difference. The fact remains, that there are containers all around us and no one pays any mind to them, and who knows what lurks behind their sealed doors?

    • Robert Shanney

      It could also come bacvk and bite the aggressor.Like Russia who bullies states around them?

  • Artie Mosk

    Yes this is obviously a horrible offensive weapon designed to be used against the USA.
    It won't matter much because we have defensive weapons like the Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) developed by the USA and Israel in a joint project. Check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etTYuXDb0g
    to see it in action. This video is already 5-6 year old technology. The last I heard a dual laser system on a flatbed truck can destroy 10+ incoming targets simultaneously…. at the speed of light!! Guess we need to start building a lot more defensive systems.
    – If only they used their power for good, instead of evil —
    — Maxwell Smart

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

    I agree, but the plasma ball will vaporize any evidence of whose weapon it was, and the Russians still have plenty of nukes and they've never stopped modernizing their force.

  • Paul K.

    We should send a warning message now, since we know that Russia is mostly building Iran's nuclear power infrastructure, and is selling them newer missile and air-defense systems. Iran is essentially becoming, maybe unwittingly, a proxy of Russia, which has big aspirations in the Gulf. That's why they invaded Afghanistan and why we helped Bin Laden push them back. We should somehow let arms-selling countries get a powerful message, which will be easier today than during a crisis.