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.
The first two Yars missiles were deployed with the 28th Guards Missile Division in Kozelsk in 2014. Since then the Rocket Forces completed deployment of the first Yars regiment there (74th missile regiment, in December 2015) and began conversion of...
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 site. The launch took place at 23:17 MSK (20:17...
An industry source tells the Russian media that the Sarmat development program is on track and the first two missiles will be deployed in 2021. It appears that the first missiles will be deployed in Uzhur. Four more missiles will...
Russian press quotes an industry source as saying that the Avangard boost-glide system (Project 4202) "will begin combat duty by the end of 2019." The first regiment will include two UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missiles, each armed with a single boost-glide vehicle. The...
On October 25, 2018 at 3:15 MSK (0:15 UTC) the Air and Space Forces conducted a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk test site....
It was a bit unusual, to put it mildly, that the annual exercise of the strategic forces that was held yesterday, on October 11, 2018 did not involve an ICBM launch. The only Rocket Forces story was a decontamination training...
On October 11, 2018 the Russian strategic forces conducted an annual exercise that involved launches of SLBMs and launches of weapons carried by long-range bombers. The SLBM launches were conducted from one of the Project 667BDRM submarines of the...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2018 data exchange. Russia declared 1420 deployed warheads, 517 deployed launchers, and 775 total launchers. In February 2018 the numbers were 1444, 527, and 779 respectively. The...
The ministry of defense told journalists that it conducted three missile tests at the Plesetsk test site since December 2017 - two ejection tests of Sarmat and one full test of RS-24 Yars. This is the first official confirmation of...
The word from "an industry source" is that flight tests of the Sarmat missile will begin "in the beginning of 2019." This follows a series of ejection tests that took place in Plesetsk in December 2017, March 2018, and May...