Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Central Command’s chief, major–general Andrey Burbin, was quoted saying that a retaliatory strike will take place “without hesitation.”
“If there’s a challenge to repel a lightning-fast nuclear strike in any given conditions – it will be done in fixed time, that’s dead true. There would be no hesitation, the task would be executed,” Burbin was quoted by RT.
Burbin added that Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces will be 98 percent armed with nuclear deterrent armaments by 2020. Today, there are more than 6,000 missile forces on operational readiness, Burdin said.
Burbin said Russia’s efficiency in retaliatory attack is guaranteed by a system called “Dead Hand.” With this, a retaliatory strike without any human intervention is possible, RT reported.
Dead Hand is programmed to collect data from different seismic and radioactive sensors located across Russia. It can also scan radio frequencies and communication activities. If data collected by the “Dead Hand” showed that Russia was attacked, the system is capable of launching missiles that can travel through national airspace. “Dead Hand” is also capable of sending other signals to Russia’s strategic nuclear missile facilities to request reinforcement.
Meanwhile, retired chief of Secret Intelligence Service Sir John Sawers maintained that Russia poses a “state to state threat.” According to him, Russia, America and Europe are not meeting at a common point. He warned that the Ukraine crisis is just a symptom of the real problem that would surface in the near future.
Sawers said UK should be ready with defensive measures for itself and its allies in Baltic States and central Europe.
UK “got to have the capability to deal with things like the hybrid warfare that we’ve seen Russia deploy, first in Crimea and then in the Donbass region, we’ve got to have the ability to deal with cyber warfare,” Sawers said.
He stressed that Russia and America are already equal at the nuclear capability.
“The one level in which Russia and America are equals is at the nuclear level. Now we don’t want to have a repeat of the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 where we got to the brink of nuclear war,” Sawers told BBC.