Russia Touts “Unlimited Range” Of New Nuclear Cruise Missile As INF Unravels

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Following the dramatic US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) within the last month and amidst continuing tit-for-tat accusations between Moscow and Washington since then, which even appears to have imperiled the future of the New START treaty, Russia is aggressively touting its new nuclear cruise missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik (or “Storm Petrel”), which Russian media reports say has entered the final stage of testing and development.  Continue reading

Russia Tested Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in February

A previous posting on Russia’s hypersonic glide vehicle can be found HERE.

 

Moscow follows China in seeking maneuverable high-speed missiles

Moscow is developing a new, ultra-high speed strategic attack vehicle similar to China’s hypersonic weapon, according to military analysts.

However, unlike high-profile strategic bomber flights and large-scale nuclear war games that U.S. military commanders have called provocative, details about the Russian hypersonic vehicle remain one of Moscow’s closely held military secrets.

The Russians have been developing the new Yu-71 vehicle for several years and conducted the most recent flight test in February, according to an article published this month in Jane’s Intelligence Review.

A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to comment on the Russian hypersonic test. Continue reading

Russia Conducts Simulated Launches of Iskander-M Missiles

An Iskander-M missile unit of Russia’s Eastern Military District performed a computer-simulated launch of one of Russia’s most advanced rockets during a snap drill, the RMD’s press spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said Friday.

The system is characterized by high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to be readied for launch. Continue reading