In January 2015 Russia was estimated to have 499 strategic launchers with about 1900 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 305 operational missile systems of six types that carry 1166 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 8 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 128 SLBMs can carry 512 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. As of February 2015, Russia had a network of early-warning radars and no operational early-warning satellites.
The Russian strategic aviation lost Tu-95MS strategic bomber today in an accident during a training flight in 80 km from Khabarovsk at 9:50 MSK. The crew managed to leave the plane, but two crew members died in the process. The...
The first satellite of the new space-based early-warning system, EKS, is expected to take place in November 2015, according to Oleg Maydanovich, the commander of the Space and Air Defense Forces. A year ago, the launch of the new satellite,...
On June 23, 2015 at 19:44 MSK (16:44 UTC) Space and Air Defense Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk test site. The satellite delivered into...
I have a piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists where I try to untangle the controversy around alleged Russia's non-compliance with the INF Treaty. The short version of it is that I believe that the culprit missile is...
In an article in Jane's Intelligence Review, "Russia tests hypersonic glide vehicle", published last week, Alexander Stukalin and I tried to put together all that is known about Project 4202 to this date. The article is behind a very serious...
When the Makeyev Design Bureau got the contract to build new "heavy" liquid-fuel ICBM, it was reported that the NPOMash (the Chelomey Design Bureau) is taking part in the project as well. However, the NPOMash chief designer, Alexander Leonov, is...
On June 9, 2015 the Air and Space Defense Forces successfully tested a short-range interceptor of the A-135 missile defense system, which is deployed around Moscow. The interceptor, apparently 53T6, known as Gazelle, was launched at 11:32 MSK and...
The U.S. State Department released the 2015 Compliance Report. I don't think anyone was counting on the State Department to release more information about the substance of its claim of Russia's non-compliance with the INF treaty. The State fully met...
At 18:24 MSK (15:24 UTC) on June 5, 2015 the Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1a rocket from launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The satellite that was successfully delivered...
it's not about modernization of the old aircraft anymore. Russia wants to resume production of Tu-160 bombers and build at least 50 new planes. At least this is what the commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force, General-Colonel Vladimir Bondarev told...