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.
Following the successful Bulava launch from the Vladimir Monomakh submarine earlier today, Admiral Chirkov, the commander of the Russian Navy, told the press that two more submarines will conduct Bulava launches this year - in October and in November. it's...
On September 10, 2014 the Vladimir Monomakh submarine of the Project 995 Borey class successfully launched a Bulava missile from the White Sea toward the Kura test site at Kamchatka (this video appears to show the actual launch. UPDATE: No,...
I have a brief column on Russia and the INF violation at the European Leadership Network - Don't help Russia destroy the INF Treaty. I don't think the main point I'm trying to make there is particularly controversial - while...
Hypersonic vehicles seems all the rage these days - China reportedly tested one, named Wu-14 on August 7, the United States made an attempt to test its own on August 25. Neither of these tests was a success, but it...
Russia has started an upgrade of the Neman-P radar located at the Sary-Shagan test site. The radar (see the map below) was designed in the late 1960s by one of the three competing missile defense projects (the other two being...
The first test launch of the Bulava SLBM in 2014 will be conducted from the Yuri Dolgorikiy submarine, not from Vladimir Monomakh, as it was planned earlier. It's probably a stretch, but it may be that the change is related...
Deployment of RS-24 Yars ICBMs seems to be going according to the plan. Back in November 2013 the Rocket Forces expected that in 2014 they will add 22 missiles to the 33 that they appeared to have in 2013. Russian...
The only information that we have had about the RS-26 deployment so far is a report quoting an unnamed source that said that the first regiment will be deployed in Irkutsk. Now there is a piece in VPK News that...
At the "Innovation Days of the Russian Ministry of Defense" the Makeyev Design Bureau (formally known as the Academician V.P.Makeyev State Rocket Centre, GRTs) presented one of its recent projects - a maneuvering re-entry vehicle (MARV). The leaflet distributed by...
The 2014 Compliance Report released by the U.S. State Department last week officially declared that the United States believes that "the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty." The report, however, provides no details about...