In January 2017 Russia was estimated to have 528 strategic launchers with about 1800 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 286 operational missile systems of six types that carry 958 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 12 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 160 SLBMs can carry 752 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. Russia operates two satellites of the new-generation early-warning system, EKS, and a network of early-warning radars.
According to Vedomosti, full-scale flight tests of Sarmat ICBM will begin in 2020. The test program will begin with two tests from Plesetsk to Kura and will eventually include at least five test flights. Unusually, at the final stage of...
On 29 October 2019, the Knyaz Vladimir submarine of the Project 955A/Borey-A class conducted its first launch of the Bulava SLBM. The launch was conducted from a submerged submarine deployed in the White Sea. The launch took place at...
On 17 October 2019 Russia held its annual strategic forces exercise. The exercise, designated Grom-2019, involved launches of strategic missiles - Yars ICBM, Sineva and R-29R SLBMs and air-launched cruise missiles carried by Tu-95MS strategic bombers. In addition, the exercise...
In his recent interview, Anatoly Nestechuk, chief of staff of the 15th army of the Air and Space Forces provided some information about the early-warning radars construction plans. According to Nestechuk, three radars are expected to begin operations in the...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2019 data exchange. Russia declared 1426 deployed warheads, 513 deployed launchers, and 757 total launchers. In March 2019 the numbers were 1461, 524, and 760 respectively. The...
On September 30, 2019, the Strategic Rocket Forces carried out a successful launch of a silo-based Topol-M (SS-27) missile. The missile was launched from the Yuzhnaya-2 silo at the Plesetsk test site, the warhead was said to have reached...
On September 26, 2019 at 10:46 MSK (07:46 UTC), the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk site. The satellite delivered to...
The fourth submarine of the Project 955A, Knyaz Vladimir, is expected to join the navy by the end of 2019. It will remain with the Northern Fleet, joining the first Project 955 submarine, Yuri Dolgorukiy. Construction of Knyaz Vladimir began...
On August 30, 2019 the Space Forces conducted a launch of a Rockot space launcher with the Geo-IK-2 geodetic satellite. The launch took place at 17:00 MSK (14:00 UTC) from the launch pad No. 3 of the launch complex...
On 24 August 2019 two submarines of the Northern Fleet conducted successful launches of sea-launched ballistic missiles. Tula submarine of the Project 667BDRM class, deployed near the North Pole, launched an R-29RM missile toward the Chizha test site. Yuri Dolgorikiy...