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.
Russian press quotes Vladimir Degtyar, the director of the Makeyev Design Bureau, as saying that his bureau is working on a new ballistic missile. Apparently the contract announcement has been posted at zakupki.gov.ru, but I cannot find it at the...
A fresh photo above shows some construction activity at the Chekhov radar site near Moscow. The old Dunay-3U radar that was built there in the late 1970s as part of the missile defense system, but has been used mostly...
Dmitry Donskoy submarine of the Project 941 class will remain in service until 2020, according to an industry source quoted in the Russian press. The submarine, which was used to as a test bed for Bulava missile, is expected to...
On June 21, 2016 the Air and Space Forces successfully tested a short-range interceptor of the A-135 missile defense system. The interceptor, apparently 53T6, known as Gazelle, was launched at 7:00 MSK (4:00 UTC) and is said to have successfully...
On June 4th, 2016 the Space Forces conducted a launch of a Rockot space launcher (converted UR-100NUTTH missile) with the Geo-IK-2 geodetic satellite. The launch was performed at 17:00 MSK (14:00 UTC) from the launch pad No. 3 of the...
The Air and Space 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 space launch site. The launch took place at 11:44:37 MSK (08:44:37...
According to Bill Gertz's Pentagon sources, Russia conducted another test of the Nudol ASAT system on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The test is said to be successful. This would be the fourth test of the system and the second successful...
The Barguzin rail-mobile ICBM project just doesn't want to die. After a report about the program being cut (which I consider quite reliable) we have seen a number of stories that suggest that some work continues - first, an industry...
Interfax quotes an industry source as saying that the new-generation geostationary early-warning satellite will not be ready for launch in 2016. According to the report, the satellite is still in production and the manufacturers (RKK Energiya is the lead contractor)...
Russian press quotes a source in the defense ministry as saying that deployment of the RS-26 Rubezh missile is postponed until 2017. The delay has been expected - the deployment date has already been moved several times, even though the...