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The Wunderwaffe presentation continues to produce media traffic, some clearly inane, some naive, but some also correctly identifying the note of political desperation as the Putin regime works as hard as it can to distract and misdirect the focus of the global media away from the ongoing debacles of Ukraine and Syria, and the increasingly visible mess in Argentina.
The most interesting disclosure since the presentation was the public brief by Colonel General Sergei Surovikin, Chief of the VKS, on the now designated Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile. Range: ~1,100 nmi, speed 4+ Mach, ventral inlet for its scramjet, a claimed “plasma stealth” envelope to hide it from radar detection. One Russian source claims that Raduga had to assist NPO Mashinstroyeniya with the Zirkon. Stills of the Kinzhal footage look so much like the 3M22 Zirkon / Brahmos II that very strong evidence would be required to argue that it is anything else than a variant or derivative (the jettisonable shroud is designed evidently for very low drag at high supersonic speeds, which is why it is shaped like an Iskander TBM). The claimed “experimental and combat duty missions at aerodromes of the Southern Military District” may be little more than bureaucratese for a trials unit at the Ashuluk instrumented test range near Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea, suitable as it is most commonly used for Surface Air Missile LFXs and proving the Kh-47M2 can get past an air defence system would have to be a major priority for the VKS. The Russians are claiming precision terminal guidance, whether it is a DSMAC or RADAC they are not disclosing as yet, they have built and used both in other designs. The footage showed land and maritime targets, both of which are compatible with either guidance method.
At this stage there is insufficient data for a detailed analysis.
The nuclear powered cruise missile has produced some speculation that the repeated and unexplained measurements of radioactive particles wafting from Russia may have been residue from exhaust efflux produced by tests of the weapon.
The new Russian laser air defence weapon appears similar in concept to the US Navy LaWS.
Given current politics in Russia it is very likely the Putin regime will want to brag further, so we will likely see more detail on these systems in coming months – they will aim to produce as much suspense as possible to keep the mass media excited.
In an interview with a TASS on 1 March, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Force Colonel General Sergei Surovikin has revealed the secrets about the new KH-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic complex. According to Sergei Surovikin, the new Russian KH-47M2 Kinzhal has been developed on the basis of the upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31 aircraft. The new system designed for a strike at targets at a distance of over 2,000 km that allows manned aircraft remain at a safe distance. “The fast-speed fixed-wing carrier allows delivering a missile with unique performance characteristics to the area of its discharge within minutes. The main propulsion unit mounted on the aero-ballistic missile accelerates a warhead to hypersonic speed within seconds. The missile’s maneuvering at speeds exceeding the speed of sound by several times allows it to reliably breach all air defense and anti-ballistic missile defense systems that exist or are being developed,” the commander said. The length of the KH-47M2 is about three meters, externally it is distinguished by the air intake of the ramjet air-jet engine projecting at the bottom – a similar configuration is used on the latest strategic missiles KH-101. The speed of the new missile exceeds 4 Mach. One of the carriers of the new weapon also will be the Su-57 fighter. Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on Thursday that the KH-47M2 Kinzhal started carrying out its experimental and combat duty missions at aerodromes of the Southern Military District. In flight, the KH-47M2 Kinzhal missile is completely covered by the plasma cloud, the cloud absorbs any rays of the radio frequencies and making the missile invisible to radars. But the plasma interferes with the control of the rocket itself, which makes this project very difficult. A large number of military experts reacted with skepticism to the words of Vladimir Putin about combat duty missions.
In an interview with a TASS on 1 March, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Force Colonel General Sergei Surovikin has revealed the secrets about the new KH-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic complex. According to Sergei Surovikin, the new Russian KH-47M2 Kinzhal has been developed on the basis of…
The Kinzhal aviation and missile platform has been developed on the basis of the upgraded Mikoyan MiG-31 aircraft
Chief of VKS Russia revealed the secret of the hypersonic rocket “Dagger”The commander-in-chief of the Air and Space Forces of the Russian Federation Colonel-General Sergey Surovikin spoke about the capabilities and features of the newest hypersonic missile X-47M2 “Dagger”. Фото: Сергей Казак/РИА Новости Путин рассказал об испытаниях тяжелой МБР “Сармат” – A high-speed carrier aircraft delivers an aeroballistic missile to the discharge area in minutes. Further the march engine accelerates the ammunition to hypersonic speed in seconds. At the end of the trajectory, an all-weather homing head is turned on, it ensures the required accuracy and selectivity of target destruction at any time of the day, “said Surovikin.The flight to the target also takes a few seconds, which excludes the interception of the Dagger by air defense means. The length of the X-47M2 is about three meters, the speed of the ammunition exceeds 10 Mach, the range of its flight is 2000 kilometers. Since December 1, 2017, “Dagger” is being tested in combat combat operation in the Southern Military District with interceptors MiG-31BM. – Maneuvering the missile at speeds several times the speed of sound, it allows it to be guaranteed to overcome all existing and prospective air defense and missile defense systems. The effectiveness of the “Dagger” has been repeatedly confirmed in state trials. Now the issues of combat use of new weapons are being worked out, “the commander-in-chief added.Earlier, Vladimir Putin told about the newest hypersonic weapons during the annual message to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Among a number of defense-related revelations made by Russia’s President is a Mach 10 attack missile that Putin claims is already in service
This report examines the implications of the proliferation of hypersonic missiles and possible measures to hinder it.
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On 1 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed a slew of new defence systems, including a new nuclear-tipped autonomous underwater complexes. The Russian leader said the high-speed underwater systems also have an “intercontinental” range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. “We see increased opportunities with the armed forces,” he said. “We’ve done a lot to strengthen our army and navy and they are equipped with modern weaponry.” Russian prominent military analyst Leonid Nersisyan noted that the idea of developing giant missiles and torpedoes with a nuclear propulsion system and a powerful nuclear-tipped charge appeared in the USSR back in the 1950s, the project was called the T-15 and was actively promoted by A.D. Sakharov. Technologies of those years did not allow the creation of a sufficiently compact nuclear reactor, there were also problems with carriers for such a large item. More: China to hand over underwater drone to U.S. in appropriate manner However, modern technologies have made the old concept realizable – the scheme of the “Status-6” unmanned underwater vehicle with a nuclear propulsion system was “accidentally” released at Russian media in 2015. Since then, there has been virtually no official information on it, but there have been a lot of rumors about whether the project is real or it’s just some kind of concept. Recently, the existence of the project was recognized in the report of the US Department of Defence. Now it was officially confirmed by Russian military officials. The carrier for unmanned underwater vehicles, judging by the video demonstrated during the speech of Russian President, is the “Belgorod” (project 09852) nuclear submarine.
Russians are having a blast with their country’s newly unveiled high-tech arsenal, flocking online to vote in a contest launched by President Vladimir…
MOSCOW (AP) — Russians are showering the Defense Ministry with proposed names for new nuclear weapons, relishing the online contest announced by President Vladimir Putin in his state-of-the-nation address.
Successful or not, if Russia is test flying these weapons, this means it has been repeatedly crashing nuclear reactors into the ground or the ocean.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual State of the Nation Address demonstrated a video showing main characteristics of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile complex is a liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile and called the RS-28 Sarmat. “We have launched the development of the new generation of missiles, and, in particular, the Defense Ministry jointly with the missile and space industry launched the active phase of tests of a new missile complex equipped with a heavy intercontinental missile. We called it Sarmat,” Putin said. According to the TASS, the Russian president demonstrated the lawmakers and the senators from both houses of the Russian parliament a video showing the main characteristics of the Sarmat missile complex, which in particular has an unlimited flight distance.
VLADIMIR Putin yesterday shocked the world when he revealed his new hypersonic nuclear missile – dubbed Satan 2.
Putin spent well over half an hour talking about futuristic Russian weapons but some noticed the footage they were shown was quite old.
The nuclear arsenal unveiled by President Vladimir Putin has raised warnings of a new arms race, but with some exceptions the weapons are familiar and illustrate the chronic problems faced by Russia’s arms industry.
The animated videos show Russian warheads speeding toward Florida. Here’s what we know about the weapons Vladimir V. Putin promised on Thursday.
Oh no? So how ARE we supposed to interpret Russian missiles raining down somewhere? As Russia nuking itself? You messed up, Vladimir Vladimirovich, and Dmitry Sergeyevich’s words don’t soothe the wound. We deserve an apology. In effect, you said ‘we have nukes and let me show you an example of Russian missiles raining down on…
Vladimir Putin devoted one-third of his March 1 state of the union speech to new Russian weapons systems, particularly nuclear weapons that could strike the United States.
The Crimea crisis has given NATO a new sense of purpose, but the alliance insists its new deterrents in the Baltics and Poland are defensive.
The Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 01 March that is had excellent results in research and development work on a next-generation high-powered laser weapon system. MoD has released video footage showing the new mobile high energy laser weapon system developed in Russia. A appearance of these modern laser weapon system in Russia has been a big surprise for military experts. To date, almost nothing is known about the new complex. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a address to the the lawmakers and the senators from both houses of the Russian parliament, said that since 2017, Russian military forces have already received combat laser systems. He also demonstrated footage with a new Russian combat laser system. Russian defence expert Victor Murakhovsky said that probably, this complex solves the problem of anti-missile defenсe, the use of a laser beam is much more economical than the use of standard antimissiles, and the accuracy of the defeat is much higher.
Russia has sent two advanced fighter jets to Syria. But this is a tale of its vulnerability as much as its strength. Russia’s forays towards western airspace in recent months have been persistently overhyped, as last week’s column in this series outlined. In this connection, the arrival in Syria of two quite different Russian aircraft also deserves a closer look. The planes in question are models of Russia’s ultra-modern, multi-role, stealth strike-aircraft, the Sukhoi-57. Their appearance was greeted by some notably over-the-top coverage in Britain’s tabloids. With trademark capital letters, the Express announced “Russia’s war WARNING: Putin’s fearsome Su-57 stealth fighters SPOTTED being unleashed – VLADIMIR Putin has sent his fearsome new state-of-the-art Su-57 stealth fighters for combat trials in the Syrian war zone” The Star echoed the style with “Putin’s SECRET WEAPON: Russia unveils new ‘Ghost’ stealth fighter jet – VLADIMIR Putin has flexed his military muscles once again – revealing the country’s first ever stealth fighter jet”. The broadsheet Daily Telegraph was somewhat more circumspect, reporting “It’s Russia’s answer to the United States’ cutting-edge F-22 ‘Raptor’ stealth fighter” while providing some sensible perspective in the story: “Now, more than 15 years after the F-22 entered service, Russia is on the brink of pitting the best its military aviation industry can offer against its rival in Syria.” The tabloid newspapers’ alarmist depiction of the new “Russian threat” is effective in grabbing the public mind. The existence of genuine east-west rivalry gives their coverage a slender connection to reality. But as an interpretation of what is really going on, their version is notably shallow and reductive. It tends to ignore complicating factors such as Putin’s domestic problems, the troubles of Russian mercenaries in Syria, and Russia’s serious need to open up some new export markets for its weaponry. All this makes the story worth disentangling, not least for the light it shines on the whole arms business. Shakespeare’s line in Henry V, “now thrive the armourers”, relates to the battle of Agincourt in 1415. Today it applies with even greater force. And those now engaged in the busy and lucrative trade are prepared to take considerable risks in order to win a slice of those export markets (see “Arms bazaar: needs war, eats lives”, 17 August 2017).
It is not clear how the Russians intend to control the new UCAV inside heavily defended airspace—especially where there is a lot of enemy jamming or cyber activity.
The Russian state-owned aircraft manufacturing company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is all set to begin the production of the fifth-generation Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter planes. The Russian Defense will initially buy only a dozen aircraft for testing purposes before inducting it officially into their arsenal. However, many in the Russian military are wondering if the stealth aircraft such as the T-50 are worth the huge amount of money. The propulsion system of the T-50 plane, which is powered by AL-41F1 is another significant concern for the Russian Air Force. The propulsion system is less than satisfactory to be used on the fifth-generation fighter. On top of this, the Russian government has reduced the number of planes they initially expected to produce from 52 to just 12. The T-50 PAK-FA fighter planes are expected to serve as Russia’s competitor to the American F-35 and F-22 fighter planes. In theory, the T-50 PAK-FA seems to be a lethal jet with blended wing-body and demonstrates extreme manoeuvrability. The Indian government has helped in funding the project by providing $5 billion dollars, but the economic woes of Russia has compounded the issue even further. During the testing stage, one of the aircraft’s engine caught fire in Moscow. The authorities refused to divulge the details about how badly the aircraft was damaged. The Indian Air Force (IAF) was relooking at the collaboration because of the cost escalation.
NATO as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump have expressed concern after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country had deployed or was developi…
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