In January 2014 Russia was estimated to have 489 strategic launchers with about 1700 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 311 operational missile systems of six types that carry 1078 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 7 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 112 SLBMs can carry 416 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. In June 2014 the space-based tier of the early warning system included two operational satellites on highly elliptical orbits.
It appears that we have the final number of ballistic missiles deployed in 2014. According to Sergey Shoigu, Russia's strategic forces received 38 intercontinental missiles this year. Of these, 22 are SLBMs, so the number of ICBMs is 16. This...
On December 19, 2014 the Space and Air Defense Forces carried out a successful launch of a Strela space launcher from the silo No. 175 of the launch site No. 59 of the Baykonur space launch site. The launch took...
The commander of the Space Command, Major-General Oleg Maidanovich, reported today that four new early-warning radars - in Yeniseysk, Barnaul, Irkutsk, and Kaliningrad - are now on combat or "experimental combat" duty. Voronezh-DM radars in Yeniseysk and Barnaul are relatively...
The Ekaterinburg submarine of the Project 667BDRM/Delta IV class and Vladimir Monomakh, the third submarine of the Project 955 Borey class, joined the fleet today. The Ekaterinburg was repaired at the Zvezdochka plant after the December 2011 fire on board....
The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces confirmed that his service will receive 16 RS-24 Yars missiles in 2014 - six missiles short of the original plan. Twelve mobile missiles will join the Novosibirsk and Nizhniy Tagil divisions, and four...
Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Sergey Karakayev was reported as saying that the first "experimental" Sarmat ICBMs will be delivered to the RVSN in 2015. It's not quite clear what this means, but it seems likely that the missile...
A year ago, the Strategic Rocket Forces announced the plan to conduct 16 ICBM launches in 2014. Now it is time to see how many missiles were actually launched. According to the commander of the Rocket Forces, there were eight...
The Strategic Rocket Forces will receive a new rail-mobile ICBM after all. The new missile system, named Barguzin, is being developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. The institute began working on the missile in 2013 and so far...
The K-114 Tula submarine of the Project 667BDRM class arrived at the Zvezdochka plant in Severodvinsk for overhaul. It will replace Ekaterinburg, which is expected to return to service on December 2014. Tula has been in active service since its...
According to a representative of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Russia keeps 96% of its ICBMs on high alert ("ready for immediate use"). This is a rather high readiness rate, although it hasn't changed since 2008....