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By J. Mathers

This paintings makes large use of Soviet assets to supply a whole research of Moscow's ballistic missile defence coverage, from its origins to post-Soviet advancements. It considers the Soviets' motivations for pursuing an anti-ballistic missile power and the level in their good fortune, and divulges that ballistic missile defence coverage was once utilized by each political management from Krushchev to Yeltsin as a method of sending indications approximately Moscow's intentions to the West.

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53 In fact, the unwritten subtext of all these articles was that if the Americans were sufficiently interested in BMD technologies to devote vast sums to its research, and if the prospects for its future development were so rosy, then the Soviets should not fall behind in this field. But although the Americans were providing the Soviets with some excellent strategic reasons for continuing with their ABM programme, the United States nevertheless had demonstrated through its behaviour in a series of international crises that it was more likely to employ inflammatory rhetoric than weapons of mass destruction during periods of heightened tension.

69 ‘We Can Hit a Fly in Outer Space’ 35 In 1961 the Soviets moved from testing and the emplacement of radars along the periphery of the country to the deployment of what appeared to be a system capable of providing a defence against ballistic missiles. During that year, American reconnaissance satellites discovered that clearing and site preparation was taking place near Leningrad. 70 The configuration of the launch sites around Leningrad greatly resembled Soviet anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles, and it is likely that the Leningrad system represented an attempt to attain BMD capability through modifications to air defence technology.

Another Soviet technological breakthrough with military applications could further enhance the international standing of the USSR and could be a valuable instrument in Moscow’s relationship with Washington. The years between 1957 and 1962 were filled with confrontations between the Soviet Union and the United States in 36 The Russian Nuclear Shield from Stalin to Yeltsin which Khrushchev attempted to use the Soviets’ reputed missile successes to gain political concessions from the West, or at least to prevent the Western alliance from making political gains out of Washington’s genuine lead in the technological race.

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