This is one competition both governments would rather lose.
AP reported Friday that:
An interceptor missile destroyed a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean on Friday in a key test of the [US’s] missile defense system, U.S. military officials said.
The technology will be housed in the US and another site, probably in central Europe.
Out of the sites where the US system could be installed in Europe – to stave off any rockets fired by ‘rogue states’, apparently (which means Iran or North Korea these days) the Czech Republic and Poland are the leading contenders. But the Czechs have a vital advantage, is appears.
The Czech newspaper CeskeNoviny writes that:
‘Members of the U.S. expert team who visited the Czech military premises said that the localities in the Czech Republic suit the U.S. needs better than those in Poland from the technical point of view, the server quotes a source from diplomatic circles, who requested anonymity as he/she is not authorised to comment on the selection of areas for the U.S. base.
A source form the Czech Defence Ministry has confirmed the information.
"The Czech localities have a rocky bed, while the Polish ones are allegedly situated on sand," the source from the ministry said.’
The Polish area referred to is probably somewhere in the Tatra mountains, the beatroot believes.
I have already reported, last year, that Polish government ministers seemed a little squeamish at the idea of a US missile systems on Polish soil. People believe that it would make Poland ‘a target’ for nutty Islamo-terrorism. Defense Minister Radek Sikorski said the idea would be a ‘hard sell’ to the voters.
An opinion poll this week confirms the minister’s fears. The poll found that 63 per cent of Poles are against the project, 23 per cent are in favour, while 14 per cent do not have an opinion.
A similar majority are against the idea in the Czech Republic.
The US Congress will be publishing a report on the matter mid-September.