Cuba Purchases Latest Russian 'Air-to-Air' Missiles

Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Cuban Air Force ("DAAFAR") will receive the newest version of Russian R-73 short range "air-to-air" missiles by the end of 2015, according to RIA Novosti.

The R-73 is a highly maneuverable "air-to-air" missile capable of striking targets at a height of 5 meters to 20 kilometers, moving at a speed of up to 2,500 kilometers per hour. It's equipped with optical laser and radio controlled fuses.

The R-73 was the missile used by the Castro regime to shoot-down two civilian aircraft over international waters in 1996, resulting in the death of three American citizens and a permanent resident of the United States.

In 2003, a U.S. federal court indicted then-head of the Cuban Air Force, Gen. Ruben Martínez Puente, and two MiG pilots, Lorenzo Alberto Perez-Perez and Francisco Perez-Perez, for the murder of these four Americans.

No similar indictment has been issued against any military officials of other nations (currently or previously) deemed to be sponsors of terrorism.

So why would the Castro regime need the latest "air-to-air" missiles?

Didn't the Obama Administration and its lobbyists tell us that doing business with Castro's monopolies would result in "dictator-down-economics" that will somehow benefit the Cuban people -- rather than in nefarious activities and power plays?

Perhaps the Obama Administration should prioritize American interests and bring these indicted Cuban Air Force officials to justice.