In January 2015 Russia was estimated to have 499 strategic launchers with about 1900 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 305 operational missile systems of six types that carry 1166 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 8 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 128 SLBMs can carry 512 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. In June 2014 the space-based tier of the early warning system included two operational satellites on highly elliptical orbits.
Deputy minister of defense Yuri Borisov, told RSN radio that the Sarmat development program is well on track and the first tests of the missile (pop-up tests from a silo) will take place in 2015. The missile, according to Borisov,...
Replacement of old road-mobile Topol/SS-25 missiles with newer Topol-M and RS-25 Yars is one of the key components of Russia's modernization program. Although the service life of Topol was recently extended to 25 years, which will allow the missile to...
The Russian media quote an unnamed defense industry source as saying that the Sarmat heavy ICBM will be eventually be deployed with two divisions - in Dombarovskiy and Uzhur. it is expected that the total of seven regiments with 46...
The sixth Borey class submarine (Project 955A) was laid down at Sevmash today. The submarine was named "Generalissimus Suvorov". The sub will join two other ships under construction - Knyaz Vladimir and Knyaz Oled, laid down in July 2012 and...
An unnamed source in the defense industry was quoted by TASS as saying that one regiment (that is one train) of the new Barguzin rail-mobile ICBMs will include six Yars or Yars-M missiles (as in RS-24 Yars). A division, in...
On December 25, 2014 President Putin approved a new version of the military doctrine. It replaced the document approved by his predecessor in February 2010. Most of the changes are editorial. The most significant ones emphasize the immediacy of the...
On December 26, 2014, the Strategic Forces conducted a successful launch of a RS-24 Yars missile. The missile was launched from a mobile launcher deployed at the Plesetsk test site. Missile warheads were reported to have successfully reached their targets...
It appears that we will not see RS-26 deployment in 2015 after all - the commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Sergey Karakayev told journalists that the missile is still undergoing tests and will begin combat service in 2016. Earlier...
On December 25, 2014 at 06:01 MSK (03:01 UTC) the Space and Air Defense Forces performed a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site....
It appears that we have the final number of ballistic missiles deployed in 2014. According to Sergey Shoigu, Russia's strategic forces received 38 intercontinental missiles this year. Of these, 22 are SLBMs, so the number of ICBMs is 16. This...