So what is the modern arsenal, making the world concerned about an arms race with Washington? What is the purpose of the Russian president when revealing these “advanced weapons”? Should there be news of a new arms race?
The Russian president used a lot of graphics and video to give a comprehensive presentation and about the destructive power of new types of military equipment. First of all is a nuclear-powered cruise missile, with an infinite range and can be moved without a predetermined route.
The Russian president also introduced Sarmat, a 200-ton intercontinental rocket that could carry a nuclear warhead. This missile will replace the Russian-owned missile storage depot. Sarmat missiles are capable of striking every target through the North or South Pole. And in the video illustrating the speech of President Putin, the target of the Sarmat rocket is a place like… the state of Florida, USA.
Among the other equipment introduced, there was a submersible, faster than the submarine, two “hypersonic” rockets and a mysterious laser weapon that the Russian president said was too early. for details. There is also a fleet of “unmanned underground devices” that can carry new nuclear weapons systems with extremely powerful ammunition.
Still according to the Kremlin owner, Russia also owns a supersonic missile that cannot be detected by NATO’s missile defense system. That is as the video illustrates that the missile can “bypass” through the defense systems. At the Atlantic Ocean, fly over the southernmost tip of the Americas and fly back north.
No country has this missile. And when they did, Russia had time to develop a new weapon. In short, according to the statement of the President of Russia, “On abroad, perhaps there are no high-tech weapons like those already invented in Russia”.
For their part, many Russian military experts explain that these weapons are not really new products. While some observers say they are not even fully developed yet. “We already know about Sarmat and we know that this missile is very difficult,” said Russian military analyst Alexandre Golts.
US officials suspect a mysterious explosion in Russia that killed seven people on August 8 was due to testing Moscow’s new generation nuclear missile. US intelligence officials are rushing to investigate the mysterious explosion over the weekend that spread radioactivity off the north of Russia.
Many people suspect the incident is the result of testing a kind of nuclear-powered cruise missile. This weapon was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin as the main piece in the arms race with the United States. At least 7 people were killed, including 5 scientists, in the August 8 explosion. Many consider this to be the most serious nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster, though it seems much smaller.
US officials have yet to speak publicly about the August 8 explosion. However, according to the New York Times, the Russian government’s slow and mysterious reaction caused many cities and towns around the explosion area to become increasingly worried. This also attracted the curiosity of analysts in Washington and Europe. They say the explosion will reveal technical weaknesses in Moscow’s new weapons program.
The August 8 explosion occurred at the test site of the Nenoska missile far from the mainland. The initial announcement of the Russian military said it was a solid-fuel rocket engine explosion being tested, and confirmed that the radiation level was normal.
This contradicts information from Severodvinsk city officials, about 40 km from the explosion site. An official in charge of civil defense warns two atmospheric radiation measuring machines to record the spike index. Russian media later stated that the radiation level increased by 200 times normal. The moment the notice was removed from the Severodvinsk city portals, the locals rushed to buy iodine to prevent contamination.
The new generation cruise missile with the official name in Russia is Burevestnik 9M370. President Putin once affirmed that he could shoot to every corner of the world. Running on a small nuclear reactor, missiles go beyond the normal range of other fuel-powered missiles.
Putin’s 9M370 missile introduced in a 2018 federal message with a spectacular video is part of a new generation of Russian-designed weapons designed to avoid the US missile defense system. In recent reports from the Pentagon and the US government, the prospect of missile-powered cruise missiles has been seen as a new threat to national security.
The Strategic nuclear submarine Knyaz Vladimir, the latest in the Borei class, has been begun the sea trials in Russia. In addition, Moscow army has ordered two new ships.
Sputnik said that the Borei-class Knyaz Vladimir strategic nuclear submarine has begun shipping to the sea for testing since November 28. The testing process will last for several months to evaluate all systems, from engines, electronic systems, weapons and related components.
Knyaz Vladimir is the fourth Borei class vessel and is the first Borei II upgrade with many new features. This version is equipped with a new injection pump system better than before, which improves speed and runs smoothly.
In addition, this ship is updated with a number of new marine electronics technologies that enhance combat performance. It is equipped with a new audio mat that increases invisibility, making it more difficult to detect when operating under water.
Knyaz Vladimir has a length of 170 m, 13.5 m in diameter and 24,000 tons in diving. Borei is the second largest strategic nuclear submarine in the world, after Russia’s Typhoon. It is equipped with an OK-650B nuclear reactor, limited to crew coverage.
It is capable of carrying 16 Bulawaya RSM-56 submarine launchers (SLBMs). The missile has a range of about 10,000 km, carrying 6-10 nuclear warheads with a capacity of 150 kt per warhead. Bulava is considered to be the core of Russia’s nuclear deterrent over the coming decades.
The Knyaz Vladimir nuclear submarine started to be built in 2012, launching in November 2017. The vessel is scheduled to be handed over to the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy in 2019. Meanwhile, Tass news agency said that the Russian Defense Ministry had ordered two more strategic Borei nuclear submarines, bringing the total number of ships up the number as 10 pieces.