Putin says Russian Navy to get hypersonic nuclear strike weapons

Reuters – July 27, 2020

Putin reviews Russian Navy off St Petersburg. Click to enlarge

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ministry said were in their final phase of testing.

Putin, who says he does not want an arms race, has often spoken of a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unequalled and can hit almost anywhere in the world. Some Western experts have questioned how advanced they are.

The weapons, some of which have yet to be deployed, include the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone, designed to be carried by submarines, and the Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, which can be deployed on surface ships.

Some units of the Russian Air Force have already been equipped with hypersonic weapons. This still from a Russian government video shows the Kinzhal hypersonic missile detaching from a MiG-31 aircraft. Click to enlarge

The combination of speed, manoeuvrability and altitude of hypersonic missiles, capable of travelling at more than five times the speed of sound, makes them difficult to track and intercept.

Speaking in St Petersburg at an annual naval parade that showcases Russia’s best ships, nuclear submarines and naval aviation, Putin said the navy’s capabilities were growing and it would get 40 new vessels this year.

He did not specify when it would receive new hypersonic weapons, but suggested that day was drawing closer.

“The widespread deployment of advanced digital technologies that have no equals in the world, including hypersonic strike systems and underwater drones, will give the fleet unique advantages and increased combat capabilities,” Putin said.

In a separate statement released via Russian news agencies, the defence ministry said testing of the Belgorod, the first submarine capable of carrying the Poseidon drones, was underway and testing of the weapons systems was nearing completion.

“Work is being successfully completed to create modern weapons systems for the Navy,” it was cited as saying.

Putin last year threatened to deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines that could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if the United States moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.

Washington has not deployed such missiles in Europe, but Moscow is worried it might.

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3 responses to “Putin says Russian Navy to get hypersonic nuclear strike weapons”

  1. How interesting that Russia can develop these weapon systems, and the superb
    SU 35 and SU 57, on a defense budget under $100 Billion, when the US has a defense budget of about $750 Billion. The point is that, as the US economy craters with huge unemployment and tens of millions of Americans hungry, the US defense budget grows.
    This, of course, is NOT for the defense of America, but for the obscene profits of the US
    military industries. Most in ‘Murica are too DUMB to understand this.

  2. Is that like when you said you would send the S 300 to Syria Putin. I reckon you’re full of shit. Doesn’t want an arms race but announces new sophisticated arms the west needs to catch up on. No no no. A master of the craft would have said nothing, lured the opposition in for a spanking. Not so Putin?

  3. Si vis Pacem, para Bellum !