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.
One of the three remaining Project 667BDR submarines, Ryazan, has returned to its base in Vilyuchinsk after an overhaul at the Zvezda plant in Vladivostok. The submarine was transferred to the Pacific from the Northern Fleet in 2008. It began...
The on-and-off rail-mobile ICBM program seems to be going forward after all, although rather slowly. Although it was said to be suspended in April 2016, it showed signs of life that culminated in what is said to be an ejection...
The Sarmat program that is expected to produce a new "heavy" ICBM, appears to have hit some kind of a bump. Of course, it's hard to know it for certain--these things don't get a lot of coverage--but there are a...
On January 16, 2017, the Strategic Rocket Forces carried out a successful flight test of a silo-based Topol-M (SS-27) missile. The missile was launched from a silo at the Plesetsk test site, the warhead was said to have reached its...
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 commander of the Northern Fleet, Nikolay Evmenov, stated that the fleet conducted three SLBM launches in the 2016 academic year - from Yuri Dolgorukiy, Novomoskovsk, and Bryansk. This statement is curious since it appears to omit one launch that...