Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces are considering bringing back iconic Soviet-era nuclear missile trains as Moscow pumps money into a complete overhaul its aging nuclear arsenal.
According to an unidentified source in the Russian military-industrial complex quoted by the TASS news agency on Thursday, the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology — makers of the Topol, Yars and Bulava missiles — is designing a next-generation missile launching train.
“In the best-case scenario, they will be deployed by the end of the decade, probably somewhere around 2019,” he said.
The Russian nuclear forces are the prime beneficiaries of Moscow’s sweeping 20 trillion ruble ($500 billion) military rearmament drive, with authorities pledging to completely modernize the country’s arsenal with new rockets better suited to respond to modern threats.
In this context, missile trains make a lot of sense for Russian defense strategists. One of the key elements of any nuclear war plan is the ability of your nuclear forces to survive a first strike from an opponent and counterattack with devastating force.
A missile train would increase the survivability of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, complicating efforts to locate its missiles by moving them quickly and consistently around the country.
Full article: Russia Looks to Revive Nuclear Missile Trains to Counter U.S. Attack Capability (The Moscow Times)