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.
On 28 November 2019 the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful launch of a Topol ICBM from the test site in Kapustin Yar toward the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. According to the official statement, all objectives of the...
We still don't know whether the United States will extend the New START Treaty. Just the other week I was told that the internal debate in the US administration is very much underway and at this point nobody can tell...
On 25 November 2019, at 20:52 MSK (17:52 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The Volga booster successfully delivered...
NOTAM watchers noticed that Russia closed a number of areas that suggest a flight test of the Nudol interceptor from Plesetsk on 15 November 2019. There is no official (or otherwise) word about the test, though. If it was a...
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...