Russia tests hypersonic glide vehicle

Russia’s hypersonic glide vehicle is nothing new under the sun as it has been reported on since at least 2006, but now as it’s quickly approaching the deployment phase the danger level is becoming serious — especially since China is working on its own version, the Wu-14.

 

  • Since 2010, under ‘Project 4202’, Russia has stepped up its programme to develop a hypersonic glide vehicle that could eventually be capable of penetrating existing missile defences.
  • If successful, the project could result in the deployment of a small number of glide-equipped and potentially nuclear-capable missiles by the end the decade, although significant technical challenges remain unsolved.
  • Given the potential for such systems to circumvent existing arms control treaties, this programme has the potential to affect relations with the United States even while it is in the development phase.

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Why An American And A Russian General Are Suddenly Very Worried About Nuclear War

Over the past several years, there has been an alarming escalation of two very disturbing trends: an increasing preponderance of cyberattacks on complex infrastructure (whether domestic or abroad and whether instigated by external sources or internally, in a false falg [sic] attempt to evolve the issue to the benefit of various military-industrial complex benficiaries) as well as around the globe, and a largely unexpected return to a Cold War footing, one catalyzed by the violent US-sponsored overthrow of the former Kiev government and the eagerness to escalate the resultant conflict exhibited by the Kremlin.

If one extends said trends, one would arrive at a very unpleasant conclusion: due to the porous nature of modern technology and the increasing prevalence of cyberattacks, coupled with Cold War-era nuclear doctrines and rising tensions between the two superpowers who are now back to a Cold War regime, a nuclear war has suddenly emerged yet again as a very real threat. Continue reading

Makeyev working on heavy ICBM and possible new SLBM

The first two deployment sites for Russia’s Sarmat heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme will be in Orenburg oblast (presumably to re-equip 13th Missile Division headquartered at Dombarovskiy) and in Krasnoyarsk kray (presumably to re-equip the 62nd Missile Division headquartered at Uzhur), according to Strategic Rocket Forces (SRF) Commander in Chief Colonel General Sergey Karakayev. Continue reading

Russia Looks to Revive Nuclear Missile Trains to Counter U.S. Attack Capability

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. Continue reading

Russia test-fires ICBM amid tension over Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said it had successfully test-fired an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, with tensions running high over its military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region.

A U.S. official said the United States had received proper notification from Russia ahead of the test and that the initial notification pre-dated the crisis in Crimea. The Russian Defence Ministry could not be reached for comment. Continue reading

Russia plans new ICBM to replace Cold War ‘Satan’ missile

Meanwhile, America continues its suicidal disarmament, and isn’t even bothering to replace older technology with newer, either. To the Russians, treaties and agreements are meant to be broken whereas in the West, they are meant to be honored. This the Russians realize, and this is how they make their gains. On the other side, America doesn’t even realize their way of thinking. Eventually the Russians will have first strike capability, leading to the possiblity of forcing America to capitulate.

A new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) called the Sarmat is being developed to supplant the RS-20B Voyevoda, the Interfax news agency quoted the commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, General Sergei Karakayev, as saying.

“We are counting on being armed with this qualitatively new missile system … by 2018-2020,” he was quoted as saying. Continue reading

The Warhead Gap

China’s tactical and theater nuclear force levels revealed by Russian general

China has nearly 750 theater and tactical nuclear warheads in addition to more than 200 strategic missile warheads, a stockpile far larger than U.S. estimates, according to a retired Russian general who once led Moscow’s strategic forces.

New details of China’s strategic and tactical nuclear warheads levels were disclosed by retired Col. Gen. Viktor Yesin, former commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, during a conference several months ago. A copy of Yesin’s paper was translated last month by the Georgetown University Asian Arms Control Project and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Yesin for the first time disclosed details on China’s theater and tactical nuclear warheads showing a total of 719 to 749 warheads used on bombers, short- and medium-range missiles, and a new land-attack cruise missile, in a recent paper published in the book titled Prospects for China’s Participation in Nuclear Arms Limitation.

Yesin concludes that China’s nuclear arsenal is “appreciably higher than many experts think.” Continue reading