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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Son of Scud' Sparks Western Fears

LONDON -- First there was Scud, the Russian missile that became one of Iraq's most potent weapons during the Gulf War. Soon, there will be a high-precision son of Scud, which could prove even more potent in the wrong hands, military analysts say.

Russia's Defense Ministry announced Oct. 25 it successfully test-fired a new tactical missile. Colonel General Anatoly Sitnikov, head of the armaments branch, was quoted by Interfax as saying the new missile system "has no match in the world."

In a report to be published in the March issue of Jane's Intelligence Review, Steven Zaloga, a U.S. expert on missile systems, said the new missile will almost certainly include sophisticated measures to try to prevent interception.

Russia is likely to eventually export the new missile, which will make the sophisticated new weapon "the benchmark" for future Western efforts to develop anti-missile systems that can counter its potentially deadly impact, he said.

Since the 1991 Gulf War, the United States has been pushing for a new-model Patriot missile with better aim against missiles like the Scud, as s part of a broader U.S. anti-missile effort, called theater missile defense.