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 26 June 2017 the Yuri Dolgorukiy submarine of the Project 955 class performed a successful launch of a Bulava missile. The missile was launched from a submerged submarine deployed in the Barents Sea. The warheads successfully reached their targets...
On June 23, 2017, at 21:04 MSK (18:04 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The military satellite that the...
On June 16, 2017 the Air and Space Defense Forces conducted a successful test of an interceptor of the Moscow missile defense system. The test took place at the Sary-Shagan test site. It was supported by crews of the...
On May 25, 2017 at 09:33:41 MSK (06:33:41 UTC), the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk site. Press reports quote official...
What exactly was the name of the first Soviet nuclear test? As it turns out, it is not a simple question. In the United States, the test was designated Joe-1, but its actual name was not known for quite a...
It is probably time for a quick update on the status of the Russian strategic bomber modernization program. Russia seems to have quite a big plan. Two years ago, in May 2015, the air force announced that it wants to...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 March 2017 data exchange. Russia declared 1765 deployed warheads, 523 deployed launchers, and 816 total launchers. In September 2016 the numbers were 1796, 508, and 847 respectively. The...
One of the three remaining Project 667BDR submarines, Ryazan, has returned to its base in Vilyuchinsk after an overhaul at the Zvezda plant in Vladivostok. The submarine was transferred to the Pacific from the Northern Fleet in 2008. It began...
The on-and-off rail-mobile ICBM program seems to be going forward after all, although rather slowly. Although it was said to be suspended in April 2016, it showed signs of life that culminated in what is said to be an ejection...
The Sarmat program that is expected to produce a new "heavy" ICBM, appears to have hit some kind of a bump. Of course, it's hard to know it for certain--these things don't get a lot of coverage--but there are a...