On October 11, 2018 the Russian strategic forces conducted an annual exercise that involved launches of SLBMs and launches of weapons carried by long-range bombers.

The SLBM launches were conducted from one of the Project 667BDRM submarines of the Northern Fleet from the Barents Sea to the Kura test range and one of the submarines of the Pacific Fleet, probably Project 667BDR class Ryazan, from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Chizha test range. It appears that in both cases it was a salvo launch, but there is no official information about the number of missiles that were involved.

As for the strategic aviation, the exercise included flights of Tu-95MS (apparently with the new Kh-101 missile), probably from Ukrainka, Tu-160 from Engels (probably also with Kh-101), and flights of Tu-22M3 from Shaylovka. The bombers are said to hit targets at the Pemboy and Terekta test ranges.

It appears that no ICBMs took part in the exercise.

It should be noted that the official statement about the exercise mentions that all SLBM launches were detected by the EKS space-based early-warning system and by the early-warning radars.

Previous exercise of this kind took place in October 2017.