Senior Policy Director John Erath spoke with Newsweek about the tragic accident that led to two people in Poland dying from the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
John Erath, senior policy director for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, also told Newsweek that the NASAMS are “considerably higher tech” in comparison to the S-300.
“S-300, like most Russian hardware, has had its capabilities significantly hyped,” Erath said. “Its actual record is spotty.”
Erath said that it was believable that an S-300 missile could have malfunctioned and flew toward Poland, while it is “unlikely that a shorter range NASAMS would have done so.”
“War is messy and accidents happen,” Erath said. “Ultimately, the responsibility lies with Russia for starting the war.” Read more