In January 2016 Russia was estimated to have 525 strategic launchers with about 1800 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 299 operational missile systems of six types that carry 902 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 10 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 160 SLBMs can carry 704 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. In November 2015, Russia launched the first satellite of the new-generation early warning system.
According to the Russian defense minister, three new early-warning radars will begin combat operations in 2017 - Orsk, Barnaul, and Yeniseisk. In addition, three radars--Baranovichi, Murmansk, and Pechora--have been "upgraded." The radar in Orsk is of the Voronezh-M type. Barnaul...
On December 23, 2016 the Sevmash ship-building plant started construction of the eighth Project 955 Borey ballistic missile submarine (or, rather, starting from the fourth submarine, Project 955A Borey A). As was reported earlier, the submarine was named Knyaz...
According to Bill Gertz's report in Free Beacon, Russia conducted its fifth test of the Nudol ASAT interceptor, now designated PL-19, on December 16, 2016. The Pentagon believes that it was the third successful test of the system. Previous successful...
The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Sergey Karakayev, told journalists that in 2016 his service received everything necessary for deployment of 23 RS-24 Yars missiles, both silo-based and road-mobile. The missiles were deployed with five regiments: road-mobile in Yoshkar-Ola,...
It became a tradition - each December the commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces tells about the service's plan to conduct so many missile launches only to report a year later that the actual number of launches was about half...
The eighth strategic missile submarine of the Project 955 Borey class will be laid down in December 2016, as originally planned. The submarine will be named Knyaz Pozharsky, after Dmitry Pozharsky, who led (with Kuzma Minin) Russian forces against Polish...
Russia appears to have conducted the first test of the Barguzin rail-mobile missile in Plesetsk some time in the last week. The first report about the test appeared in a somewhat dubious publication (via Military.ru), it was largely confirmed by...
On October 25 2016 the Strategic Rocket Forces carried out a successful test launch of an UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missile from the Dombarovskiy basing area. The missile was launched at 11:58 MSK (08:58 UTC). According to a ministry of defense representative, the...
October is the time the Russian forces conduct their large annual exercises that almost always involve multiple launches of ballistic missiles. Last year the exercise took place on October 30. This year there was no formal announcement of an exercise,...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2016 data exchange. Russia declared 1796 deployed warheads, 508 deployed launchers, and 847 total launchers. In March 2016 the numbers were 1735, 521, and 856 respectively. The...