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.
I do not think many people believe that the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit in Helsinki will get to the point of a serious discussion of arms control. However, it might provide an opportunity to address some outstanding issues. The dispute about...
Russian press quotes a source in the industry as saying that the Bulava SLBM has been finally accepted for service. That was a long wait. The work on the Bulava program started almost exactly 20 years ago. It was included...
On June 15, 2018 Russia posted a NOTAM notification that suggested that it is going to conduct a missile launch from Plesetsk to Kura between June 19 and June 23. It was suggested that it was a preparation to a...
On June 16, 2018 UTC (June 17 Moscow time), 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...
It appears that Russia conducted a third ejection test of the Sarmat missile, presumably at the Plesetsk test range on May 26, 2018 or a day or so earlier. There is no official confirmation and there is only one report...
On 22 May 2018 the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine of the Project 955 class performed a successful salvo launch of four Bulava missiles. The missiles were launched from a submerged submarine deployed in the White Sea. According to the navy,...
Russian press quotes a source in the defense industry as saying that the Borey-B project that was considered for some time was not included in the 2018-2027 State Armament Program. Instead, Sevmash is expected to build six more Project 955A/Borey-A...
At 01:12 MSK on April 19, 2018 (22:12 on April 18, 2018 UTC) the Space and Air Defense Forces conducted a successful launch of a Proton-M launcher from Baykonur. The satellite that was successfully delivered into orbit by the Briz-M...
In February 2018, when Russia announced that it completed reductions of its strategic forces under the New START, it also issued a statement that asserted that the United States reached the limit in part by converting a certain number of...
Sources in U.S. intelligence community told Ankit Panda that Russia conducted a test launch of the Nudol anti-satellite system in Plesetsk on March 26, 2018, this time from a transporter erector launcher. The Nudol system, also known as PL-19, is...