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.
The commander of the Yoshkar-Ola division of the Rocket Forces was quoted as saying (the original interview) that his division will replace the current Topol/SS-25 missiles with ICBMs of a new type, most likely RS-24 Yars. The division will join...
The Okno space surveillance system, locate in Tajikistan, has completed state acceptance trials and will begin combat service soon. The system includes what's described as "optico-eletronic observation tools" and allows observation of satellites at all altitudes. The Okno complex dates...
On November 14, The K-84 Ekaterinburg submarine of the Project 667BDRM/Delta IV class went to sea to begin sea trials after an overhaul that began in June 2012. It is expected to return to the Zvezdochka shipyard in about three...
The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Gen.-Col. Sergey Karakayev said today that his service is planning to deploy 16 RS-24 Yars missile launchers in 2014. It is not immediately clear if the 16 is the total number of missiles...
After the first of the two successful Bulava launches conducted this year on September 10, 2014 the Russian Navy said that two more launches were planned in 2014. One of these took place on October 29, 2014. Another was expected...
On November 6, 2014 the Strategic Rocket Forces with the support of the Kosmotras company carried out a successful launch of a Dnepr space launcher from the Yasnyy launch site at the Dombarovsky missile division. The launch took place at...
Quite a few people have noticed the relatively high level of activity of the Russian strategic forces - in the past few days Russia tested a Bulava SLBM from Yury Dolgorukiy submarine, a Topol-M missile from Plesetsk, and a Sineva...
The ministry of defense reported that on November 5, 2014 the K-114 Tula submarine of the Project 667BDRM class successfully launched a R-29RM Sineva missile from the Barents Sea. The warheads were said to have reached their intended targets at...
On November 1, 2014, 9:20 MSK (6:20 UTC) the Strategic Rocket Forces performed a successful test launch of a silo-based Topol-M missile from the Plesetsk test site. The missile warhead successfully reached its target at the Kura site in Kamchatka....
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...