In January 2016 Russia was estimated to have 525 strategic launchers with about 1800 nuclear warheads. The Strategic Rocket Forces are estimated to have 299 operational missile systems of six types that carry 902 warheads. The strategic fleet includes 10 strategic missile submarines with SLBMs on board. The operationally deployed 160 SLBMs can carry 704 nuclear warheads. Strategic aviation bomber force consists of 66 bombers that have about 200 weapons assigned to them. In November 2015, Russia launched the first satellite of the new-generation early warning system.
The Air and Space Forces performed a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk space launch site. The launch took place at 11:44:37 MSK (08:44:37...
According to Bill Gertz's Pentagon sources, Russia conducted another test of the Nudol ASAT system on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The test is said to be successful. This would be the fourth test of the system and the second successful...
The Barguzin rail-mobile ICBM project just doesn't want to die. After a report about the program being cut (which I consider quite reliable) we have seen a number of stories that suggest that some work continues - first, an industry...
Interfax quotes an industry source as saying that the new-generation geostationary early-warning satellite will not be ready for launch in 2016. According to the report, the satellite is still in production and the manufacturers (RKK Energiya is the lead contractor)...
Russian press quotes a source in the defense ministry as saying that deployment of the RS-26 Rubezh missile is postponed until 2017. The delay has been expected - the deployment date has already been moved several times, even though the...
As it turns out, information about tests of the Nudol ASAT system has been hiding literally in plain sight - in Jonathan McDowell's log of suborbital launches. A colleague alerted me to the fact that dates and times in the...
More news about upcoming ICBM deployments, this time about silo version of RS-24 Yars. According to Sergey Karakayev, these missiles will be deployed in Tatishchevo as well as in Kozelsk. The Kozelsk news is not a news - the plan...
The commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Sergey Karakayev, confirmed today that the new Sarmat missile will be deployed "with the Uzhur missile division and in the Dombarovskiy deployment area (позиционный район)." This is not exactly the news - there...
As it turns out, there is more information about the Project 4202 test record than I knew existed. A Twitter post drew my attention to a very detailed table of Soviet/Russian launches that Jonathan McDowell keeps on his planet4589.org site....
After making a splash in November, the Status-6 underwater drone has almost completely disappeared from the news. Probably for a good reason - the story looked like a deliberate fake from the beginning. And by all indications it was. Moreover,...