In January 2017 Russia was estimated to have 528 strategic launchers with about 1800 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 286 operational missile systems of six types that carry 958 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 12 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 160 SLBMs can carry 752 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. Russia operates two satellites of the new-generation early-warning system, EKS, and a network of early-warning radars.
On September 20, 2017 crews of the Yoshkar-Ola missile division conducted a successful training launch of a mobile RS-24 Yars ICBM from the Plesetsk test site. The ministry of defense reported that all warheads successfully reached their targets at the...
On September 12, 2017 the Strategic Rocket Forces performed a successful launch of a silo-based Yars ICBM from Plesetsk to the Kura test site in Kamchatka. According to the official release by the Ministry of Defense, quoted in the media,...
UNIDIR is looking for a researcher to work on the project "New Approaches to Transparency and Verification in Nuclear Security and Disarmament" that is funded by a joint two-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of...
This map above shows the structure of nuclear weapon storage sites in Russia. Or, more correctly, it shows units of the 12th Main Directorate that maintain nuclear weapon storage facilities. What was once a very large infrastructure now appears...
The ministry of defense announced today that the satellite launched on June 23, 2017 (Cosmos-2519) released a "satellite-inspector." The statement suggests that the inspector, described as a "small spacecraft,' will inspect the host satellite. The words that were used was...
At 01:07 MSK on August 17, 2017 (22:06 on August 16, 2017 UTC) the Space and Air Defense Forces conducted a successful launch of a Proton-M launcher from Baykonur. The satellite was successfully delivered into orbit by the Briz-M...
Russian press quotes Sergey Boyev, the chief designer of the early-warning system, as saying that Russia may consider building a new early-warning radar in Crimea, most likely at the site where the Soviet Union deployed a Dnepr radar. The new...
Although most of the discussion about the INF treaty is about the ground-launched cruise missile that Russia is allegedly deploying, the RS-26 ICBM also gets a honorary mention. Both the House and the Senate want the administration to submit a...
We seem to have an answer to the question that I asked a few months ago - Is Sarmat program in trouble? Yes, it is. Kommersant reports today that ejection tests of the missile have been postponed until at least...
The situation with the INF Treaty is getting worse pretty rapidly. U.S. Congress is moving to include what is known as "INF Treaty Preservation Act" in the National Defense Authorization bill. Judging by the language of the bill, its...