Russia’s Strategic Missile Force will deploy a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile no later than 2020.
“We are counting on introducing into the armory by 2018-2020 at the outside a new missile system with specifications not inferior to its predecessor,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakaev was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
The new silo-based Sarmat ICBM will replace the world’s most powerful nuclear missile, the twenty-five-year-old R-36M2 (SS-18 Satan).
Sarmat is expected to feature advanced countermeasures to enable it to penetrate missile defenses including a complex command and control system and a high degree of maneuverability, he said.
The new system is just one of a number that will totally replace Soviet-era missiles by 2021, he said.
“New hardware is arriving on time and by 2018 more than 80 percent of Russia’s strategic missile force will be comprised of the latest weapons,” Karakaev said.
By 2018, Russian nuclear forces will be limited to 1,550 warheads and 700 total deployed strategic nuclear delivery systems including long-range missiles and bombers as part of the New START treaty signed with the United States in 2011.
Karakaev called that number “necessary and sufficient” to maintain strategic nuclear parity with the US and other nuclear states.
Commenting on the United States’ nuclear arsenal, Karakaev claimed “their reduction in numbers is compensated for by upgrades of their missiles and the delivery systems of the entire strategic triad, giving them new technological capabilities.”
The new missiles are part of a $700 billion procurement plan for the Russian Armed Forces in the period to 2020.
The Russian Air Force will get about 20 new flight simulators for training fighter and ground-attack crews later this year, according to RIA Novosti. The trainers are to simulate a number of new types of aircraft now entering service, including new variants of Sukhoi and MiG fighters and ground-attack aircraft, as well as the Mi-8 AMTSh transport and Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopters
Russian shipbuilders are gearing up for India's $11.8 billion “stealth” diesel-electric submarines tender, with plans to offer its fourth-generation Amur-1650 boats, in order to accommodate Brahmos missiles and an Indian-made air-independent propulsion system
The refit of one of Russias four heavy nuclear-powered missile cruisers has begun after years of delays, according to RIA Novosti. The work on the Admiral Nakhimov will revamp its firepower and set the stage for the revitalization of the Russian Navys capital ships, which have not been modernized in the post-Soviet era
The Russian Aerospace Defense Force will add dozens of radars this year, a defense official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The list includes six Nebo-M active electronically scanned arrays (AESA) and a mix of 23 Podlyot low-altitude and Sopka medium- and high-altitude radars, an unspecified number of modernized Kasta and Desna radars
The Russian Navy is expected to receive 40 new warships and auxiliary vessels this year, according to RIA Novosti. In addition to surface ships of various classes, the navy will also commission the third Borey-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, and a Varshavyanka-class diesel electric submarine, Rear Admiral Viktor Bursuk, a deputy commander of the Russian navy was quoted as saying in the report
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