Last year, on April 20, with great ceremony and flourish in Prague Castle, Czech Republic, Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed a new START nuclear arms disarmament treaty. Medvedev called the treaty “a truly historic event” that would “open a new page” in Russian-American relations.
Less than 19 months later, all that has turned to ashes.
In November of this year, Medvedev declared he did not rule out a possibility to refuse from the policy of disarmament. Russia could also revise the previous agreements about arms control, he added.
A month later, claiming “to preserve parity in the field” with the United States and “because of the unwillingness of the US side to provide any guarantees,” Russia is developing what Pravda calls “a new intercontinental missile of enormous power” — “a 100-ton monster ballistic missile” named Satan.
Pravada.ru reports, December 19, 2011, that “in close vicinity to Russia’s borders,” the Russian Federation’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will be renovated with the help of state-of-the-art Topol-M and Yars complexes during the upcoming ten years.
Sergei Karakaev, the commander of the missile troops said, “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.”
The new missile, the mass of which is going to make up 100 tons, is said to replace the world-known “Voevoda” ICBM. In the West, this missile is known as “Satan.” In the meantime, Russia has already started working to create the middle-class newly equipped missile. The new missile is to be passed into service in 2015, RIA Novosti reports.
Russia’s new Yars, Topol-M and Bulava ICBMs are unvulnerable to the US missile defense system. The commander of the Russian SFM said that it was best for the enemy to destroy the missile during the initial part of its flight, when it gathers speed. The missile separates later, which makes it harder for interceptors to detect the missile in a whole cloud of fake targets.
Russia’s state-of-the-art ballistic missiles have the shortest boost phase of the flight – this phase is much shorter than it was with older missiles. Karakaev said:
“At this short part of the flight the missiles perform active maneuvers, which makes it impossible for interceptors to plan the attack. We conducted the tests to evaluate and confirm the nuclear safety of Topol warheads. The results of the tests showed that even in case of most complicated breakdowns, fires or explosions, the nuclear explosion of the warhead is excluded.”
Russia’s present-day SMF consist of more than 350 missile complexes of six types. Three of them are silo-based and three others are mobile ground-based complexes. The Russian system of nuclear containment forces consists of the Strategic Missile Forces, strategic nuclear submarines and strategic bombers.
By the beginning of 2012, there will be 86 launch systems with Topol-M and Yars systems in the structure of the combat group of the SMF. The share of state-of-the-art arms in the SMF will thus grow up to 25%.
In 2012, Russia will begin the process to pass Yars missile complexes into service. The range of the system is up to 11,000 kilometers [6,835 miles]. It has a separating warhead with maneuverable and individually guided blocks. The system is highly maneuverable. In 2012, Russia will also complete the introduction of Topol-M missiles, the operational resource of which makes up not less than 20 years. Not less than 96% of all of Russia’s missile complexes are ready for immediate action every day.
An e-correspondent who is “in the business” as a consultant, sent me this e-mail comment:
“Our arms control policy posture (i.e. New START) is accomodating to the inability of Russia’s industrial base to produce boosters because of the Obama obsession with eliminating (our) nuclear weapons. For the duration of the New START agreement, Russia will be building up its booster inventory while ours must be reduced (and new conventionally armed strategic missiles are treated in the Treaty as equivalent of nuclear systems).”
FYI, the distance between Moscow, Russia, and Washington, DC, is 4890 air miles.
Happy New Year!