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May 17, 2016
Why Russia's Reviving Its Nuke Trains
Moscow (Sputnik) May 17, 2016
Russian "Barguzin" strategic missile trains may become an asymmetric response to NATO's complex European Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system deployed in Romania and Poland, military experts believe. Russian designers have begun to create new elements of "Barguzin" - Russia's combat railway missile complex (BZhRK) aimed at transporting and launching strategic nuclear missiles. Citing a military source with the knowledge of the matter, Russian Regnum news agency wrote that the project's exa ... read more

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