An accident of both political and technological importance occured last September - two ballistic missiles were anonimously launched in the eastern Mediteranean.
Due to the rapid deterioration of the situation around Syria, the accident aroused great interest of the international community.
At first, the "heroes of the day" made nothing to identify themselves. UK, USA and France denied any knowledge of the launch. So did Israel. But in a single hour the Israeli officials made a U-turn in their rhetoric.
According to the official statements made by the IDF representatives, the Israeli were testing "Encore" target missiles that are designed to check the effectiveness of missile defense systems. Furthermore, the Israeli military confirmed that the launch was planned in advance and carried out with the financial and technical support of the United States. Later on U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirmed this in a TV interview.
So why the U.S. and Israel were not willing to recognize that they were the ones behind the missile launch?
As always, the answer is on the surface. The United States continue to pursue a policy of double standards, acting as a cunning lawyer in order to find loopholes in the law or simply ignore it. The obvious thing is that a target missile simulating a medium-range missile is actually a medium-range missile.
A similar target missile, "Hera", was used by the U.S. to test the national missile defense system. Back then the U.S. suspended the tests due to pressure from Russia, but it didn't prevent the Americans from further "proxy" development of the program. The U.S. actually violated the basics of the INF Treaty - to forego producing and testing medium-range and short-range missiles.
It should be noted that the "Silver Sparrow" modification of Israeli-American "Encore" missile is a medium-range aeroballistic missile equipped with maneuvering warhead, which could be delivered at a distance of 2500-3000 km. Quite impressive for a "target missile".
To summarize, Israel has not signed the INF Treaty, but this does not entitle the U.S. to develop and test an a brand-new medium-range missile under the guise of promotion the Israeli missile defense system.
According to the Guardian report based on Wikileaks files, the United States Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment expects that the U.S. will possess a new type of medium-range missiles by the end of 2014.
These conclusions explain why the U.S. Congress regularly allocates huge sums for the development of the Israeli missile defense system regardless of any financial problems. According to some experts, Israel uses it's missile defense program to develop medium-range missiles for the U.S.
Unfortunately, the nations of the EU, Asia, Africa and South America, where the U.S. military bases are located, do not think about the consequences of resuscitation of this missile type. They are missing the moment when it is still possible to change the situation.
Anyway, the launch of the "Encore" missile was a big fail of the U.S. and Israeli military - they didn't know that the Russian radars were scanning the aerospace of the entire Mediterranean.