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.
On 15 November 2021, Russia conducted a test of its anti-satellite system, known as Nudol, that destroyed an old satellite, Cosmos-1408. The test was first reported by international observers that detected a debris field along the Cosmos-1408 orbit. Late, US...
According to the Warbolts Telegram channel, Russia issued a NOTAM notice that closed areas in the Barents Sea and Laptev Sea from 15 to 17 November 2021. These closures are normally associated with tests of the Nudol ASAT system from...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2021 data exchange. Russia declared 1458 deployed warheads, 527 deployed launchers, and 742 total launchers. In March 2021 the numbers were 1456, 517, and 767 respectively. The...
On October 21, 2021 Knyaz Oleg submarine of the Borey/Project 955A type conducted its first missile launch. The Bulava missile was launched from a submerged submarine deployed in the White Sea to the Kura test site in Kamchatka. The...
The Air and Space Defense Forces conducted a test of the new interceptor of the Moscow missile defense system at the Sary-Shagan test site. According to a VKS representative, "after a series of tests the interceptor fully confirmed technical...
According to the Warbolts Telegram channel, Russia issued a NOTAM notice that closed areas in the Barents Sea and Laptev Sea for the period of 23 or 24 June 2021. These closures are normally associated with tests of the Nudol...
PDF version of the post Silo-based multiple-warhead ICBMs have a consistently bad reputation with the arms control crowd and nuclear hawks alike. We all know the argument - these are highly vulnerable and very lucrative targets that undermine stability...
According to Voenno-boltovoy kanal, one of the Russian Telegram channels devoted to military developments, Russia was planning to conduct a launch from the Plesetsk test site toward the Laptev Sea on 29 May 2021. These kind of notifications are...
Knyaz Oleg, the fifth submarine of the Project 955 class and the first "serial" Project 955A ship, began sea trials. The construction of the submarine began in July 2014. It was moved out from the dry dock in July 2020....
The Kataev archive contains quite a few interesting documents. One of them is a note on mobile missiles that describes basic operations of rail-mobile and road-mobile missiles and makes a case for keeping them in the RVSN force. It...