Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:52 AM

Hypersonic Avangard In Service & Finish Of Arctic Clean-Up: Russian Military Plans For 2019

Published time: 18 Dec, 2018 15:09
Edited time: 18 Dec, 2018 15:14

The Russian defense ministry outlined its plans for next year in an annual report, which include deployment of hypersonic warheads and a new advanced Borei-class submarine as well as wrapping up its Arctic clean-up.

The annual report was made on Tuesday by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at a meeting chaired by President Vladimir Putin. The minister offered a lot of statistics on the armed forces life in 2018, from the percentage of weapons and equipment that need to be replaced with modern hardware to amount of money saved with introduction new electronic ID cards for service members. But there are also some highlights about new weapons the Russian military got this year or plans to get in the next one.

Barrage tests

In 2018, the Russian nuclear forces tested its ability to fire missiles as fast as possible, the minister reported. This ability is crucial in an all-out nuclear war when the enemy is trying to obliterate your nuclear arsenal and limit the damage of retaliation strike.

One test in May involved the strategic nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky, which fired a barrage of four Bulava missiles from the White Sea to a target range in Kamchatka. It was the first time such a volley was fired from a Borei-class submarine.

Another multiple launch was done last month when an upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 bomber fired 12 Kh-101 cruise missiles at a target range in the Arctic.

Kinzhal in the sky

The big new weapon in Russia’s arsenal this year is the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. It’s currently in test deployment, but Mig-31 interceptors carrying the large projectile are already patrolling airspace over the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. According to Shoigu, 89 sorties of this kind have been conducted in 2018.


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