Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Russia Prioritizes Strategic Forces On Security Agenda

File photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.
by Staff Writers
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Nov 17, 2006
Russia's president and defense minister said Thursday that developing the strategic forces is the main priority for the country's defense agenda. President Vladimir Putin told a meeting with top military officials, "Maintaining a strategic balance will mean that our strategic deterrent forces should be able to guarantee the neutralization of any potential aggressor, no matter what modern weapons systems he possesses."

He called for the creation of cutting-edge strategic weapons, and emphasized the importance of quality.

"We must meet schedules to create new strategic weapons to secure a balance of forces in the world. This means that we will not indulge in comparisons of quantitative data of our strategic nuclear deterrent forces as we did previously," the president said.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told the meeting that Russia's Armed Forces will buy 17 intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2007, as well as four spacecraft and four carrier rockets.

* Russia's modernization plans for its strategic forces

According to a new doctrine for the development of the armed forces, Russia will completely modernize the naval component of its nuclear triad by 2016, deploying new Bulava ballistic missiles on Project 955 Borey-class nuclear-powered submarines and equipping land-based strategic missile units with silo-based and mobile Topol-M (SS-27) ballistic missiles.

Russia's Missile Forces regularly launch missiles to test their performance characteristics and decide whether they can remain in service. About 360 silo-based RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto) missiles, which have been in service for 29 years, are currently in operation in the forces.

The R-30 Bulava (SS-NX-30) ballistic missile was developed at the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology. It can carry up to ten nuclear warheads, and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (about 5,000 miles).

Bulava missiles, a sea-based version of the Topol-M, could be deployed on Borey-class nuclear submarines as early as in 2008, according to missile designers.

Last year, Russia conducted two successful test launches of the Bulava. The first in-flight test launch was conducted on September 27, 2005, from the Dmitry Donskoi, a Typhoon-class ballistic missile submarine. But this year two of test launches had failed.

The defense minister earlier said Russia is planning to purchase 69 silo-based and mobile Topol-M ballistic missile systems in the next decade.

Russia currently has five missile regiments equipped with silo-based Topol-M missiles, and the first regiment equipped with mobile Topol-M systems is set to be put on combat duty in 2006.

* Modernizing the Navy and Air Force

Russia's Navy Commander earlier said that replacing outdated strategic submarines should be made a military shipbuilding priority for the next five years.

President Putin said in his state of the nation address on May 10 that Russia would commission two new strategic nuclear submarines in 2006.

Russia is also planning to modernize the air component of the nuclear triad by modernizing its fleet of strategic bombers.

Ivanov said on July 5 that Russia's Air Force had commissioned a modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber and could receive a new Tu-160 bomber by the end of the year.

* Russia's nuclear capability

As of January 1, Russia possessed 927 nuclear delivery vehicles and 4,279 nuclear warheads for strategic offensive weapons, while the United States owns 1,255 and 5,966, respectively, according to the Russian Defense Ministry's department for contract compliance control.

Source: RIA Novosti

Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com

US Commander Meets Chinese Officials Ahead Of Military Drill
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2006
Commander of the US Pacific Fleet Gary Roughead is meeting Chinese militalry officials in Beijing this week, ahead of a joint military exercise in the South China Sea, the US embassy said Tuesday. "He is meeting his counterparts in the Chinese military," an embassy spokeswoman told AFP.







  • Russia Prioritizes Strategic Forces On Security Agenda
  • US Commander Meets Chinese Officials Ahead Of Military Drill
  • Use Of Force Dominating International Relations Says Putin
  • Russian US Relations Will Continue Deteriorating

  • Rice Demands 'Concrete Step Forward' On North Korea Nuclear Talks
  • India PM Discusses Nuclear Deal With US President Bush
  • Russia To Buy 17 ICBMs In 2007
  • Russian Nuclear Strategy: In Search Of Amendments

  • Pakistan Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile
  • LM Compact Kinetic Energy Missile Tested Against Armor Target
  • Lean Principles Contribute To Missile Success
  • LM Compact Kinetic Energy Missile Flight Test Against Armor Target

  • The Democrat Approach To BMD
  • US Ballistic Missile Defense Spending May Double
  • ATK To Build SRMD Motor For Short Range Interceptor
  • Raytheon Selects ATK For Stunner Interceptor Booster Motor Development

  • Aviation Industry Alarmed At New EU Emission Rules
  • Technologies Evaluated For The Future National Airspace System
  • Silent Aircraft Readies For Take-Off
  • Global Aviation Industry Gathers For Key Chinese Air Show

  • Boeing ScanEagle Achieves Major Flight Milestones
  • World's Operators Of The Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye Gather For Annual Conference
  • Westar to Provide Software Engineering, Technical Support Services to Army's UAS Program
  • Cubic Receives Subcontract To Develop Data Link Rq-7B Shadow 200 Tactical UAS

  • US Military Plans To Boost Iraqi Forces With More Advisers
  • Gates To Follow Clark Clifford's Footsteps
  • Bush In Hanoi: Vietnamese Lessons For Iraq
  • Gates Will Change US Strategy

  • Air Force Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program
  • Raytheon Awarded $113 Million Contract For U-2 Systems Field Support
  • Air Force Selects Developer For Combat Search And Rescue Replacement Vehicle
  • Teledyne Awarded Army Contract For Third Generation Infrared Imaging Sensors

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement