Russia’s new automated system will help retarget intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) instantly before the launch.
“The new system will be put into operation from next year. The Russian Strategic Missile Force’s combat troops had received a new combat control system to promptly retarget missiles,” Strategic Missile Force Commander Sergey Karakayev was quoted as saying by TASS news agency Thursday.
"The talk is about retargeting Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles immediately before their launch when a need arises suddenly to deliver a strike against other unplanned targets due to a sharp change in the situation. In this case, the new control system will enter new target coordinates into a missile in a remote control mode instantly to destroy the targets," the news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying.
If a missile has been launched, it can’t be retargeted, the source said. Today not a single nuclear power has such technology, the source added.