Russian Defense Ministry Gives Updates on New Strategic Weapons
20 July 2018
FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
EIRNS—The Russian Defense Ministry issued updates yesterday on all the new strategic weapons that Russian President Vladimir Putin first revealed during his televised Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1. The clear point was to reinforce to the world that these weapons do indeed exist and to provide information as to the status of each system.
The updates, as reported by TASS, are as follows:
MiG-31Ks carrying Kinzhal (“Dagger”) hypersonic missiles participated in an exercise with missile-equipped Tu-22M3 bombers (carrying a different missile) in early July, focused on hitting ground and naval targets.
Russian Aerospace Forces Deputy Commander in Chief Lt. Gen. Sergei Dronov said.
The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are preparing to accept the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle into service.
the Defense Ministry said. Deputy Commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces for Armament Maj. Gen. Sergei Poroskun has said that the Avangard hypersonic missile system features combat capabilities that “make it possible to reliably breach any anti-missile defenses.”
The Sarmat ICBM, the missile destined to begin replacing the R-36 liquid fuel ICBM in two to three years’ time, will be ready for its first flight tests sometime this year, having just completed pop-up tests.
Trials of the Poseidon nuclear submarine drone (formerly called “Status 6”) are also set to begin.
the Defense Ministry said.
The Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile is also being prepared for flight testing. According to the Defense Ministry,
The last weapon on the list is the Peresvet laser system, which has been accepted into the Russian Aerospace Forces, but very little detail on this system is otherwise provided. The Peresvets are the first Russian combat complexes based on new physical principles.
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