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.
On July 29, 2014 Sevmash Shipyard laid down fifth strategic submarine of the Project 955/Project 955A series. The new submarine, Knyaz Oleg, is the second submarine of the Project 955A class. The first one, Knyaz Vladimir, was laid down in...
According to a report in Kommersant, Russia will launch a new-generation early-warning satellite, codenamed Tundra and identified as 14F142, by the end of 2014. The launch will begin deployment of a new system, EKS (Edinaya Kosmicheskaya Systema, Integrated Space System),...
On July 3, 2014 at 16:43:52 MSK (12:43:52 UTC) the Space Forces conducted a successful launch of a Rockot space launcher with Briz-KM booster stage from the launch pad No. 3 of the launch complex No. 133 of the Plesetsk...
As of March 1, 2014, the total number of Russia's deployed and non-deployed launchers accounted under New STARTwas 905, not 906 reported in Russia's original data submission. The corrected information was published by the U.S. State Department on July 1,...
Russian press is quoting an unnamed source in the General Staff as saying that the first RS-26 ballistic missiles will be deployed at the Irkutsk missile division in 2015. Flight tests of the missile are expected to be completed in...
Russia's only geostationary early-warning satellite, Cosmos-2479, launched in March 2012, has ceased operations. In March-April 2014 the satellite did not perform its regular station-keeping maneuver and, according to Kommersant, was formally declared nonoperational by the ministry of defense in April...
The Voronezh-DM early-warning radar in the Kaliningrad region reportedly began "experimental combat duty" and is expected to achieve full combat readiness in about three months, in September-October 2014. The radar was first reported to begin operations in November 2011, although...
On June 19, 2014 the Strategic Rocket Forces with the support of the Kosmotras company carried out a successful launch of a Dnepr space launcher from the Yasnyy launch site at the Dombarovsky missile division. The launch took place at...
The Strategic Rocket Forces released an update on the missile life extensions. Service life of R-36M2/SS-18 is said to be extended to 27 years, Topol/SS-25 - to 26 years. Also, the Rocket Forces expect UR-100NUTTH to serve 36 years and...
On June 14, 2014 the Space and Air Defense Forces performed a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk space launch site. The launch took place at 21:17 MSK (21:17 UTC). The...