In January 2014 Russia was estimated to have 489 strategic launchers with about 1700 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 311 operational missile systems of six types that carry 1078 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 7 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 112 SLBMs can carry 416 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. In November 2013 the space-based tier of the early warning system included two operational satellites on highly elliptical orbits and one geostationary satellite.
On April 14, 2014 at 10:40 MSK (06:40 UTC) the Strategic Rocket Forces successfully launched an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk test site. The missile was launched from a road-mobile launcher. The missile carried multiple warheads, all of...
Earlier this year, the Russian Navy officially accepted the Liner version of the R-29RM SLBM for service (this missile is sometimes referred to as R-29RMU2.1). Unlike its predecessors, R-29RMU2 Sineva and R-29RM, that are deployed with four warheads, Liner can...
U.S. State Department released New START aggregate numbers as of March 1, 2014. According to the release, in March 2014 Russia had 498 deployed launchers and 1512 warheads associated with them. The total number of deployed and non-deployed launchers is...
The Space and Air Defense Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launcher. The launch took place at 22:54 on March 23, 2014 UTC (02:54 on March 24, 2014 MSK) from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43...
According to an announcement posted on the ministry of defense of Kazakhstan's web site, Russia will conduct a total of three tests of its ICBMs from Kapustin Yar to Sary Shagan (via Rossiyskaya Gazeta). After the launch conducted on March...
At 22:10 MSK (18:10 UTC) on March 4, 2014 the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a launch of a Topol/SS-25 ICBM from the Kapustin Yar test site toward Sary Shagan. According to a representative of the ministry of defense, the launch...
Speaking at a press-conference in Moscow, Gen-Col. (ret.) Yesin said that the Strategic Rocket Forces expect the new heavy ICBM, Sarmat, to be ready for deployment in 2020. This is a small correction to the previously announced time range of...
Ministry of defense and the Tupolev design bureau signed a contact to develop a new long-range strategic bomber (known in Russia as PAK DA). Under the contract, Tupolev will develop a draft technical design of the aircraft. The new bomber...
According to a source quoted by Kommersant today, Russia has produced the total of 46 Bulava missiles, 19 of which have been already expended in flight tests. Five of the remaining 27 missiles are being returned to the Votkinsk plant,...
After the release of the last START data exchange in 2009 it has become rather difficult to get a good breakdown of the numbers of deployed launchers and warheads   - the aggregate New START numbers leave too much room...