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.
It appears that we have an answer to the question of what kind of "experimental warheads" were tested in the September 12 Yars launch. And a confirmation of a guess made on Twitter by @artjomh shortly after the test....
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2017 data exchange. Russia declared 1561 deployed warheads, 501 deployed launchers, and 790 total launchers. In March 2017 the numbers were 1765, 523, and 816 respectively. The...
On September 26, 2017 the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful launch of a Topol missile from Kapustin Yar to the Sary-Shagan test site. According to the official statement by the ministry of defense, the goal of the launch was...
On September 22, 2017, 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...
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...
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...