The Russians have and never will take mutual disarmament (of themselves) sersiously. Mutual disarmament in the Russian mind is that the USA disarms while they modernize, expand, deploy, improve capability as well as gain a first-strike capability advantage over America. People who thought this was taken seriously by the Soviets have only bought New Lies for Old through a Perestroika Deception. They have utterly no clue how the other side thinks and see things through American eyes, rather than strategically through Russian eyes with a long-term deception plan. The cost of willed ignorance will be high.
SOCHI, November 27 (RIA Novosti) – Twenty-two land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles will next year be added to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
“We intend to continue prioritizing the development of the main component of our strategic nuclear deterrent,” Putin said at a meeting on the development of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.
Putin did not specify the type of new ICBMs to be deployed, but a source in the Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity that the missiles will be mobile and silo-based Yars ICBMs.
Yars is armed with the multiple-warhead RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has considerably better combat and operational capabilities than the Topol-M (SS-27 Stalin).
According to the recent State Duma Defense Committee report on the draft federal budget for 2014-2016, Russia plans to increase annual spending on nuclear weapons by more than 50 percent in the next three years.
The Defense Ministry earlier announced plans to retire most of its outdated SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto and SS-25 Sickle (Topol) ICBMs and replace them with SS-27 Sickle-B (Topol-M) and RS-24Yars missiles by 2021.
Full article: Russia to Deploy 22 New Ballistic Missiles in 2014 (Ria Novosti)