Russian president Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia’s nuclear force will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles. These new missiles will be capable of overcoming any most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems, the Russian president said.
The announcement from Mr Putin should serve as a stark warning that Russia has never stopped advancing its nuclear capabilities after the Cold War. The country may have reached a point at present where it possesses nuclear weapons far more advanced than U.S.
Russia is constructing its amphibious assault ship that is capable of carrying 500 troopers and 40-60 military units. It has recently paraded a first-of-its-kind six-zone tank. It has developed the Lada submarine that could remain submerged for up to 25 days. In 2013, the country began developing supersonic precision weapons and as far back as 2011 it is developing missiles which the West dubbed as “Satan.”
The U.S. on the other hand stopped its innovations of nuclear warheads in the decades after winning the Cold War. Late in 2014, then defense secretary Chuck Hagel announced a proposal of $1.5 to $15 billion a year worth of maintenance to the government’s nuclear arsenals. Before his resignation, he admitted that the U.S. Air Force and Navy had been busy with other security issues that nuclear infrastructures and maintenance have deteriorated through the years.
Russia’s new missile unbeatable even to the most advanced of anti-missile defense systems
“This year we will supply more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to our nuclear force. They will be capable of overcoming any most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems,” Mr Putin said in his opening address during the ARMY-2015 International Military-Technical Forum.
His announcement did not stop there.
“In April, we launched full-scale work on the radar station in Armavir. In the next few months, we are to test a new radar unit for over-the-horizon airborne target detection. It will eventually control the western strategic area. We will start building a similar unit this year for the eastern area,” Mr Putin said.
He said Russian troops will be equipped with new armored vehicles designed after the Armata, Kurganets, Boomerang and Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled units.
“Combat capabilities of these machines are unrivaled,” he said.
Mr Putin said that the combat capabilities of Russia’s Air Forces and Navy will be constantly upgraded.
“This year a new strategic submarine cruiser Vladimir Monomakh will go on combat duty. We will increase our surface fleet and the aviation component,” he said.
New Amphibious assault ship
Russia has recently launch a project to develop a new amphibious assault ship with a displacement of 14,000 tons, capable of carrying up to eight Ka-52K and Ka-27 helicopters. It will be armed Pantsir-M anti-aircraft complex. It will be 25 meters wide and 165 meters long. Its construction is set to begin in 2016, a source told political newspaper Pravda on condition of anonymity.
T-14 Armata, the newest six zone tank
On May 9, Russia paraded a new six-zone tank, T-14. The tank, a first-of-its-kind, can avoid collision with its radar that can detect enemies as far as 100 km. It can destroy approaching threats in automatic mode. It can also avoid detection, avoid target acquisition and avoid hits from the enemy. In the instance that the tank is shelled, its armor can avoid penetration, hence avoiding destruction that can kill the crew inside.
The new Russian submarine can remain submerged in water for 25 days. The only submarines that come close to this capability are submarines from Germany that can only last underwater for 20 days.
Russia has more tactical weapons than NATO and U.S.
In 2014, Pravda ran a report detailing the huge gap among tactical nuclear weapons of Russia, U.S. and NATO. The report said NATO countries have only 260 tactical weapons, the U.S. has 200 atomic bombs located in air based in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey. However, Russia has 5,000 pieces of tactical nuclear weapons consisting of Iskander warheads, torpedoes and nuclear vehicles.
Russia’s missile development aimed at U.S.
As early as 2011, Russia had been developing intercontinental ballistic missiles. The country has always been vocal that its developments are aimed at deterring all possible attack coming from the U.S.
“The decision about the creation of the new silo-based missile system with a liquid-fuel heavy missile has been made. The complex will have increased possibilities in overcoming the prospective missile defense system of the United States,” Russia’s commander of missile troop, Sergei Karakaev, was quoted as saying at the time.
“Russia does not stand against the US missile defense system. Russia stands against the creation of the missile defense system, which would be directly aimed against Russia to potentially reduce the possibilities of the Russian nuclear containment forces,” Karakaev said.
In 2013, Russia’s defense minister said that Russia will increase its supersonic precision weapons five-fold by 2020. Defense deputy Yuri Borisov said the U.S. has the same plan but will begin development by 2018-2025.
U.S. neglected nuclear programs
While Russia has been flaunting its nuclear innovations, the U.S. on the other hand admitted that it has neglected its nuclear program for decades. In November of 2014, then defense secretary Hagel announced a proposal of $1.5 to 15 billion a year to maintain the government’s nuclear arsenals.
Hagel asked the commitment of Pentagon officials to improve the status of the government’s nuclear programs by modernizing nuclear warheads, long-range bombers and ballistic missile submarines, The Washington Post reported at the time.
Members of the congress agreed to the budget proposal. The government’s nuclear programs suffered because of “insufficient resources, indifferent leadership, and poor morale,” said Rep Howard McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.