In January 2020 Russia was estimated to have 532 strategic launchers that can carry about 2100 nuclear warheads. In its September 2019 New START data exchange Russia reported 513 deployed launchers with 1426 New START-accountable nuclear warheads.
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 March 2020 data exchange. Russia declared 1326 deployed warheads, 485 deployed launchers, and 754 total launchers. In September 2019 the numbers were 1426, 513, and 757 respectively. The...
The ministry of defense asked NPOmash to extend the service life of the UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missiles, so they could be used as launchers in the Avangard system. The report says that the last extension, to 36 years, was done in May...
According to the press department of the defense ministry, the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted five ICBM launches in 2019 - three from Plesetsk and two from Kapustin Yar. In 2020 the Rocket Forces are planning to conduct six ICBM launches,...
According to a source in the defense industry, Knyaz Vladimir, the fourth Borey-class submarine and the first ship of the Project 955A class, will join the fleet "in the fist half of the year 2020." The submarine was undergoing sea...
The fist two Avangard systems officially began combat duty at 10:00 MSK on December 27, 2019. The two silos used to deploy these missiles are at 51.1925 59.635278 and 51.151034 59.597282 - satellite images taken on 3 December 2019 show...
The Air and Space Forces performed a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the launch pad No. 3 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk space launch site (it was the first launch from the launch...
On 28 November 2019 the Strategic Rocket Forces conducted a successful launch of a Topol ICBM from the test site in Kapustin Yar toward the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. According to the official statement, all objectives of the...
We still don't know whether the United States will extend the New START Treaty. Just the other week I was told that the internal debate in the US administration is very much underway and at this point nobody can tell...
On 25 November 2019, at 20:52 MSK (17:52 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 Volga booster successfully delivered...
NOTAM watchers noticed that Russia closed a number of areas that suggest a flight test of the Nudol interceptor from Plesetsk on 15 November 2019. There is no official (or otherwise) word about the test, though. If it was a...