Russia and the United States “accidentally started a nuclear war” in the week ending on December 13th, according to CNN’s Barbara Starr, citing unnamed US defense officials.
A Russian military exercise allegedly triggered an “unusual warning” at the US’ Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
This resulted in several minutes of uncertainty and alarm until an all-clear was sounded, according to the anonymous sources.
“The initial assessment is that the missile warning may have been triggered when US intelligence satellites detected a launch. Highly classified US military satellites that track the infrared trail of ballistic missiles determined that a submerged Russian submarine had test fired four intercontinental missiles from its underwater location in the Sea of Okhotsk off eastern Russia,” on December 11th.
A statement was released regarding the matter. U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa said that “the control center followed proper procedures … to provide rapid and accurate notifications to all required personnel,” both when the initial alert was received and “within minutes” after the missile launch was determined to be part of a training exercise.
The US military “received an alert via a warning notification system of a real-world missile launch. The control center followed proper procedures and acted in a timely manner to provide rapid and accurate notifications to all required personnel,” according to the statement.
“No US aircraft or pilots were scrambled. The missile launch was determined to be part of a regional training exercise and within minutes the control center again followed proper procedures and provided updated notifications. We consistently and routinely monitor for any threats to our forces and our allies,” the statement from US Air Force Europe-Army Africa read.
It should also be reminded that Russia and the US give each other an advance notice of any ballistic missile test, and they do so at least 24 hours in advance.
The procedure for doing so is specifically set out in an international treaty named the memorandum of understanding.
During the exercises over the weekend, Russia reportedly followed this process and warned the US well in advance of the missile launches from submarines in the Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia’s Pacific Coast.
And the situation itself, is as follows:
The Vladimir Monomakh Project 955 submarine test-fired ballistic missiles in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The launch was detected both by US satellites and at least two radars on the ground (one at Clear Air Force Station in Alaska and the other on Shemiya Island).
The US early warning system does not simply detect the launch – based on initial data, it also calculates the missile’s trajectory, its flight time and approximate target location. As such the automated system also likely figured out that no US targets were anywhere near, or targeted at all.
This is an automated system, no human operator to make a mistake and consider that the end of days had begun.
The protocols are rigid, the data is immediately transferred to the HQ in the continental United States for processing. If there is a nuclear strike, the US early warning system (same as Russia’s) is designed to notify top military and political officials.
It is dubious to even consider that any such warning was sounded off.
Furthermore, only the US president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is notified about such missile launches.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense reported that on December 11th, the Vladimir Monomakh Project 955 submarine had successfully test-fired a salvo of four Bulava ballistic missiles from an underwater position in the Sea of Okhotsk to the Chizha test range in the Arkhangelsk Region.
According to the ministry, all re-entry vehicles reached the target traveling more than 5,500 kilometers from the firing location. K-551 Vladimir Monomakh is a Russian ballistic missile submarine of the fourth generation, which carries 16 P-30 Bulava missiles.
So, despite CNN’s reports based on anonymous sources, the end of days is postponed for a while.
Those interested to see what, according to the CNN, almost ended the world can watch the video:
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