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. As of February 2015, Russia had a network of early-warning radars and no operational early-warning satellites.
Russia appears to have conducted a flight test of the Project 4202 vehicle on February 26, 2015 from one of the silos in Dombarovskiy. Project 4202 is believed to be some kind of a hypersonic vehicle that will be delivered...
For a while, it appeared that deployment of Topol-M missiles in silos was discontinued after the number of missiles reached 60 at the end of 2012. Deployment of the last four missiles took more than a year, so it did...
Two satellites of the old US-KS/Oko system that until recently maintained some coverage of ballistic missile launches, stopped functioning some time in the fall of 2014, leaving Russia without space-based tier of the early-warning system. Cosmos-2422 (29260, launched in July...
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...