The United States will deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in Asia for the first time since the Cold War: what is known about it

Kateryna BilobrovaWorld
US deploys ground-based missiles in Asia

The US military plans to deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in the Indo-Pacific region in 2024. This is the first time such an initiative has been repeated since the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty expired in 2019.

The pact, signed with the Soviet Union in 1987, prohibited countries from developing and possessing land-based missiles with a range of 500 km to 5,500 km. This was reported by Nikkei Asia.

"U.S. Pacific Army spokesman Rob Phillips outlined the plan to Nikkei. The options under consideration include ground-based versions of the Standard-6 (SM-6) missile and the Tomahawk cruise missile. The missiles are expected to have a range of 500 to 2,700 kilometers," he said.

Phillips did not provide details on where and when the US missiles could be deployed. The U.S. Army will deploy the intermediate-range missile units primarily to the U.S. territory of Guam, with the expectation of forward deployment among Asian allies in case of unforeseen circumstances.

"They will be permanently deployed on US territories in the region, primarily in Guam. Allies may be open to rotational deployments during crises, but this largely depends on future political dynamics," the statement said.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA reported that by the end of 2023, Ukraine would not receive GLSDB high-precision long-range missiles from the United States. Washington has postponed the transfer of these weapons until early 2024.


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