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.
On October 30, 2014 at 04:42:52 MSK (01:42:52 UTC) the Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1a launcher from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk space launch site. The launcher, equipped with a...
On October 29, 2014 the lead submarine of the Project 955 Borey class, Yuri Dolgorukiy, successfully launched a Bulava missile. The submarine was deployed in the Barents Sea; the warheads were reported to reach their targets at the Kura test...
The U.S. State Department released aggregate New START numbers from the 1 September 2014 data exchange. Compared to March 2014, Russia substantially increased the number of deployed launchers - from 498 to 528 - and deployed warheads - from 1512...
According to a source at the Russian Navy, quoted by the Russian media, two Project 955 submarines, Alexander Nevskiy and Vladimir Monomakh, will carry out test launches of Bulava missiles in the fall of 2015. By that time the submarines...
NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOMash), as the Chelomey Design Bureau is known, reported that in September 2014 it completed tests of a new cruise missile - "In September we completed state acceptance trials of a new cruise missile and two missile systems,...
What a difference a year makes - since the last update in August 2013, we now can see three more early-warning radars - in Yeniseysk (Voronezh-DM), near Barnaul (Voronezh-DM), and near Orsk (Voronezh-M). The Yeniseysk radar covers very much the...
Construction of the early-warning radar in Orsk is very much underway. Here is the radar - at 51.273346, 58.959030. It is looking almost directly South (170 degrees). Google Earth tells us that there was nothing there just a year go...
Google Earth now has images of the new Voronezh-DM radar in Barnaul (thank you, Bernd). As earlier reports indicated, the radar site is located not far from the village of Konyukhi, at 53°08'21.1"N 83°40'52.5"E (but Google Maps doesn't show...
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,...