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Тегеран представил новейший зенитный ракетный комплекс Khordad-15. Система ПВО способна контролировать воздушное пространство в радиусе 150 км и поражать цели на расстоянии до 45 км. На сегодняшний день республика вооружена несколькими типами ЗРК и радиолокационными станциями собственного производства. При этом Иран продолжает эксплуатировать зарубежные образцы, включая российские комплексы. Как полагают эксперты, Тегеран рассчитывает создать эшелонированную…

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«Смогут дать отпор»: Иран представил новую систему ПВО

Тегеран представил новейший зенитный ракетный комплекс Khordad-15. Система ПВО способна контролировать воздушное пространство в радиусе 150 км и поражать цели на расстоянии до 45 км. На сегодняшний день республика вооружена несколькими типами ЗРК и радиолокационными станциями собственного производства. При этом Иран продолжает эксплуатировать зарубежные образцы, включая российские комплексы. Как полагают эксперты, Тегеран рассчитывает создать эшелонированную систему ПВО, чтобы противостоять возможным воздушным атакам США и Израиля.Министр обороны Ирана Амир Хатами представил вниманию общественности новый зенитный ракетный комплекс (ЗРК) собственного производства Khordad-15. В частности, агентство Irib News опубликовало кадры развёртывания системы ПВО на местности и пуск ракеты-перехватчика.Агентство Tasnim со ссылкой на Хатами сообщает, что детище иранской оборонной промышленности способно обнаруживать авиацию противника в радиусе 150 км, а малозаметные воздушные платформы — до 85 км. Зона поражения в зависимости от типа цели может достигать 45 км. В арсенал ЗРК входят зенитные ракеты Sayyad-3. На местности Khordad-15 развёртывается в течение пяти минут.В беседе с RT директор музея ПВО в Балашихе, военный эксперт Юрий Кнутов отметил, что Минобороны Ирана показало комплекс среднего радиуса действия. По его словам, внешне Khordad-15 напоминает американскую систему Patriot, но с большой долей вероятности Тегеран позаимствовал технические решения, реализованные в российских и китайских ЗРК.«На кадрах видно, что у Khordad-15 есть радиолокатор подсвета и наведения, а также активная фазированная антенная решётка. Это является несомненным преимуществом комплекса. Однако пуск ракеты не происходит вертикально, как у большинства современных ЗРК, что позволяет сделать вывод о наличии у иранской новинки определённых недостатков», — пояснил Кнутов.На этапе обновления В последние годы армия Ирана активно перевооружается на ЗРК и радиолокационные станции (РЛС) собственного производства. Как полагает Кнутов, ключевая цель Тегерана — создание эшелонированной системы ПВО — ПРО, которая предусматривает наличие комплексов ближнего, среднего и дальнего радиуса действия.«Основная военная угроза для Ирана — это воздушная атака США и Израиля. Исламская Республика стремится обеспечить поражение крылатых ракет, различных авиационных боеприпасов, беспилотников и боевых самолётов. Кстати, несколько БПЛА иранцы перехватили. Например, в 2011 году они смогли посадить американский беспилотник RQ-170 Sentinel с помощью средств радиоэлектронной борьбы», — сказал эксперт. 
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В настоящее время на вооружении ИРИ стоят комплексы средней дальности Raad и Mersad. За дальние рубежи отвечают ЗРК Talash и Bavar 373. Также в эксплуатации находятся средства ПВО зарубежного производства. Самым эффективным оружием, как считают эксперты, является российский С-300ПМУ-2 «Фаворит», поставленный в 2016 году.Дивизионы отечественного ЗРК прикрывают воздушное пространство над Бендер-Аббасом, Буширом, Исфаханом и Тегераном, где находятся важнейшие научно-производственные центры и военные объекты. В мае 2019 года С-300ПМУ-2 был переброшен на побережье Персидского залива, где располагалась авианосная группа ВМС США.Из открытых источников известно, что армия Ирана вооружена самоходными установками ЗСУ-23-4 «Шилка», мобильными ЗРК малой дальности «Тор-М1» и «Панцирь-С1Э», системами средней дальности С-200ВЭ «Вега-Э», переносными зенитными ракетными комплексами «Стрела». Есть сведения, что иранские ВС продолжают эксплуатировать устаревший советский ЗРК «Квадрат».Россия поставляет Ирану РЛС. В частности, ИРИ приобрела у РФ станции метрового диапазона 5Н84АЭ «Оборона-14» и 1Л119 «Небо-СВУ» дальностью контроля воздушного пространства до 400 км. На вооружении войск ПВО и береговой обороны Ирана стоит РЛС «Каста-2Е2», способная сопровождать маловысотные воздушные цели (крылатые ракеты).Помимо России традиционным партнёром Тегерана в сфере военно-технического сотрудничества считается КНР. В разные годы ИРИ получила из Китая ЗРК средней дальности HQ-2J (аналог советского комплекса С-75М «Волхов») и трёхкоординатные радиолокационные станции JY-14, работающие в сантиметровом и дециметровом диапазонах. Данные РЛС могут обнаруживать объекты на расстоянии до 320 км и одновременно сопровождать до 72 целей.Также на вооружении армии ИРИ находится несколько образцов западной военной техники, которая была закуплена до Исламской революции 1979 года. Речь идёт о швейцарских зенитных пушках Oerlikon GDF-001, американском комплексе MIM-23 Improved Hawk и британских орудиях Rapier.
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© militarywatchmagazine.comПо словам эксперта, руководству Ирана свойственно преувеличивать возможности своих комплексов и станций. Однако большая часть образцов, стоящих на вооружении, является боеспособным оружием. Одним из достижений оборонной промышленности ИРИ Корнев назвал разработку ЗРК Bavar 373.«Когда Иран впервые показал на параде Bavar 373, он сильно напоминал российский С-300 и многие сочли его копией нашего «Фаворита». Однако позже был продемонстрирован боевой образец с другими пусковыми установками — и стало понятно, что иранцы создали нечто оригинальное. Конечно, до современной российской техники Тегерану далеко и С-300 ещё очень долго будет самой современной системой. Тем не менее отпор Западу республика всё-таки может дать», — сказал Корнев.Юрий Кнутов настроен менее оптимистично по поводу уровня развития иранских ЗРК и РЛС. По его мнению, Исламская Республика вооружена преимущественно устаревшими системами. Совершенствование средств противовоздушной обороны ИРИ сдерживают международная изоляция, отсутствие квалифицированных кадров и нехватка финансовых ресурсов.«Открытая информация об испытаниях иранских ЗРК и РЛС отсутствует. В бою они также не применялись. Поэтому очень сложно оценить, каких успехов добились иранцы. Без помощи Китая и России они наверняка не обошлись», — подчеркнул эксперт. Кнутов также предположил, что военные Исламской Республики активно заимствуют опыт организации сирийской ПВО, которая регулярно отражает ракетные атаки Израиля. Это позволят Ирану совершенствовать собственную командную структуру и выучку личного состава. Собеседник RT убеждён, что Иран в короткие сроки может увеличить возможности системы противовоздушной обороны за счёт закупки российских ЗРК «Тор-М2» и ракетно-пушечных комплексов «Панцирь».«У Ирана нет международных ограничений на покупку средств ПВО. Дивизионы С-300 помогли республике прикрыть важнейшие объекты. Однако любой комплекс дальнего радиуса действия и любая РЛС нуждаются в прикрытии, а «Торов» и «Панцирей» у Тегерана не так много. Кроме того, как показали события в Сирии, «Торы» и «Панцири» эффективны при отражении ракетных атак. Иран достиг определённых успехов в сфере ПВО, но без покупки современной российской техники республике всё равно не обойтись», — подытожил Кнутов.
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Here’s what can help the US soon see a Covid-19 ‘turnaround,’ Fauci says

But that’s not all the US needs to be doing right now. “Don’t declare victory prematurely,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on CNN Monday night. “We see so many pulling back on some of the public health measures, the mask mandates, the restaurant opening, the bars, we can’t be doing…

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But that’s not all the US needs to be doing right now.

“Don’t declare victory prematurely,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on CNN Monday night. “We see so many pulling back on some of the public health measures, the mask mandates, the restaurant opening, the bars, we can’t be doing that. We’ve got to wait a bit longer until we get enough vaccine into people that we will clearly blunt any surge.”

And with a combination of the fast vaccinations and a doubling down on safety measures, the US could soon see a “turnaround,” Fauci said, and cases could start to come down again.

The dangerous strain, which experts say is more infectious and could potentially be deadlier, as well as other variants, is why it’s important to stay vigilant, experts have said, until vaccination numbers climb enough to control the spread of the virus.
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“That’s the reason why we say vaccinate, but don’t just decide we’re victorious,” Fauci said. “Because we’re not victorious yet.”

Coronavirus variants are behind alarming trends in several states, including Michigan, which local officials say is in the middle of another surge, with both case and hospitalization numbers quickly rising. The state has the second-highest number of cases of the B.1.1.7 variant, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state with the highest number of cases of the variant is Florida.

In New Jersey, where there are more than 950 cases reported of concerning variants, patients on ventilators and virus-related deaths have increased, state health commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday. About 48% of the state’s new hospitalizations were people under the age of 60, Persichilli added.

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The good news is that vaccination numbers are climbing rapidly.

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More than 120 million Americans — about 36.4% of the population — have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to CDC data. Meanwhile, more than 74 million people — about 22.3% of the US population — have been fully vaccinated.

Among US adults, roughly 46.5% have so far received at least one dose of a vaccine — and the US is on track to reach half of the US adult population with at least one dose by the end of the week, according to a CNN analysis of CDC data.

At least 11 states have already reached that threshold. They are Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced a new “Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge,” saying that when 2.5 million residents have received at least their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, the state will remove most of its capacity restrictions.

“With the vaccine supply we have, we could get there in as little as three-and-a-half weeks from now,” Beshear said in a news release. “That minimum time frame might not be realistic, but we should get there in four to six weeks if we are intentional.”

More than 1.6 million residents have so far received at least their first dose of vaccine, the release said.

“We have to try everything to reach this point as quickly as possible. That will help us have a more normal summer than any of us could have imagined this winter,” the governor added.

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Fauci, who has been fully vaccinated, was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether he would consider outdoor dining.
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Fauci said that while he’s been too busy to do so recently, “in an outdoor restaurant, right now, where we are, I would not hesitate to do that.”

And what about indoor dining for Americans who are fully vaccinated?

“What you need to do is you need to look at the level of infection in the community,” Fauci said. “And again, being vaccinated, the risk for you is very low. It isn’t like before, when you were not vaccinated and you had a lot of activity in the community and you went into an indoor restaurant where there was no (restrictions)… your risk would be up there. Whereas now, the risk is not zero, but it’s extremely low.”

People will have to make the determination on what level of risk they are willing to take, Fauci added.

“If someone is very risk-averse they’ll say ‘no, no I want to wait until the level of infection is way, way, way down in the community.’ Whereas others might be a little bit different,” Fauci said. “But, the point that can’t be lost in the discussion is that being vaccinated, fully vaccinated, you diminish dramatically the risk.”

More universities will require vaccine proof

To lower Covid-19 risks on their campuses, a growing number of colleges and universities have announced they will require all students to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to campus.

Johns Hopkins University, in Maryland, is the latest to join the list.

A growing number of US colleges and universities are requiring students to get Covid-19 vaccinations

All students who plan to be on campus will be required to be vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious reason not to be and faculty are also strongly recommended to be vaccinated, although it will not be required for them, according to an announcement sent to the campus community on Friday.

“Our plans are predicated on continuing public health strategies to promote a safe campus and community,” Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels and other university leaders wrote.

“Ensuring that the overwhelming percentage of our community’s population is vaccinated will greatly reduce the risk of the virus’s spread on our campuses and will also protect our neighbors in Baltimore,” they added.

By CNN’s count, there are at least 18 colleges and universities in the US that will be requiring Covid-19 vaccines.

CNN’s Deidre McPhillips, Elizabeth Stuart and Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.

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Japan to start releasing treated Fukushima water into sea in 2 years
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US and China deploy aircraft carriers in South China Sea as tensions simmer

Meanwhile, the US and Philippines were preparing for joint drills as the US secretary of defense proposed ways to deepen military cooperation between Washington and Manila after China massed vessels in disputed waters.China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday said the country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, steamed into the South China Sea on Saturday after…

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US and China deploy aircraft carriers in South China Sea as tensions simmer

Meanwhile, the US and Philippines were preparing for joint drills as the US secretary of defense proposed ways to deepen military cooperation between Washington and Manila after China massed vessels in disputed waters.

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday said the country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, steamed into the South China Sea on Saturday after completing a week of naval exercises around Taiwan. There was no official announcement of the Liaoning’s position, but the Chinese tabloid cited satellite images first reported by US media outlet The War Zone.

The Liaoning’s reported arrival in the South China Sea came after a US Navy expeditionary strike group, fronted by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, conducted exercises in the South China Sea a day earlier. The two flat-top warships were joined by a cruiser, destroyers and smaller amphibious ships.

The ships also carried hundreds of Marine ground forces from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit as well as their supporting helicopters and F-35 fighter jets.

“This expeditionary strike force fully demonstrates that we maintain a combat-credible force, capable of responding to any contingency, deter aggression, and provide regional security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” US Navy Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 3, said in a statement.

Global Times quoted a Chinese military expert, Wei Dongxu, as saying the US Navy exercises were a provocation.

Exercises by the Chinese carrier “can establish wider maritime defensive positions, safeguard China’s coastal regions, and keep US military activities in check,” the report said, citing Wei.

US-Philippines joint exercises

On Monday, more than 1,700 US and Philippines troops were beginning two weeks of military exercises, Reuters reported, citing Philippine military chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana.

The drills will focus on testing the readiness of US and Philippine troops to respond to events such as extremist attacks and natural disasters, the report said.

They come after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday proposed to his counterpart in Manila, Delfin Lorenzana, ways to deepen ties between the US and Philippine militaries, a Pentagon statement said.

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The proposals included ways of “enhancing situational awareness of threats in the South China Sea” and come after “the recent massing of People’s Republic of China maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef,” in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the Spratly Islands, the statement said.

Washington and Manila are tied by a mutual defense treaty, which officials said could come into play in the event of any Chinese military action against Philippine government vessels around Whitsun Reef.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Saturday tweeted he will work to have any attack on Philippine civilian craft trigger mutual defense aid, CNN Philippines reported.

Locsin’s comments came after a Filipino news crew said last week their chartered boat was chased down by Chinese missile boats as it approached a disputed shoal in the Spratly chain, according to the CNN Philippines report.

China claims almost all of the 1.3 million square mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory, running up against claims from the Philippines and other nations. In recent years, Beijing has turned disputed features in the region into man-made islands, complete with military fortifications.

Beijing accuses Washington and other foreign navies of stoking tensions in the region by sending in warships like the current expeditionary group led by the carrier Roosevelt.

Taiwan tensions

Tensions extend to the northeastern edges of the South China Sea, where the island of Taiwan sits. Beijing claims the democratic, self-governed island of almost 24 million people as its territory, even though the two sides have been governed separately for more than seven decades.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed that Beijing will never allow the island to become formally independent and has refused to rule out the use of force, if necessary, to unify the island with the mainland.

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Before moving into the South China Sea at the weekend, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning had been putting on a show of military muscle around Taiwan for a week, according to Chinese state media. At one point the People’s Liberation Army flanked Taiwan, with the Liaoning and its escorts operating in the Pacific Ocean to the east and PLA warplanes making forays into Taiwan’s self-declared air defense identification zone to the west.

Analysts said the exercises were a warning to Taipei and Washington that Beijing would not brook any moves for Taiwanese independence and was prepared to act militarily to prevent that from happening.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said Washington was standing by a commitment to defend Taiwan.

“What is a real concern to us is increasingly aggressive actions by the government in Beijing directed at Taiwan,” Blinken said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“We have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself. We have a serious commitment to peace and security in the Western Pacific. And in that context, it would be a serious mistake for anyone to try to change that status quo by force,” Blinken said.

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