Putin claims new nuclear capable missile can pierce US defenses

Putin dedicated the first three-quarters of the speech to domestic issues, setting out a rosy vision of Russia’s development over the next 10 years.
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President Vladimir Putin said Russia has developed a new array of nuclear weapons that are invincible, invulnerable to US missile defence as he stands for re-election this month.

Putin laid out his key policies for a fourth presidential term, and boasted of hi tech weapons included a cruise missile that he said could “reach anywhere in the world”.

Giving his annual state of the nation speech,Putin was very much clear that Russia is a military power and displayed presentations to showcase the development of two new nuclear delivery systems that he said could evade detection.Another video showed missiles raining down on the US state of Florida.

He said the country was developing a new generation of deadly weapons able to penetrate missile defences, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited range,” an underwater nuclear drone and a “practically invulnerable” hypersonic warhead that travels “like a ball of fire”.

Moscow has also tested its long-awaited Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, which will fly farther and carry more warheads than its predecessors, he said.

Putin boasted about missiles technologies after US President Donald Trump announced to expand the US arsenal and issued a nuclear arms policy but Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White ” Our missile defense has never been about them. We need to ensure we have a credible nuclear deterrent, and we are confident that we are prepared to do — and we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what.

Russia has accused US of establishing 20 bases in Syria, mainly in the areas controlled by the Kurds and of providing the Kurds with sophisticated weapons.

Putin said the operation in Syria has proved the increased capabilities of the Russian Armed Forces. In recent years, a great deal has been done to improve the Army and the Navy. The Armed Forces now have 3.7 times more modern weapons. Over 300 new units of equipment were put into service. The strategic missile troops received 80 new intercontinental ballistic missiles, 102 submarine-launched ballistic missiles and three Borei nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. Twelve missile regiments have received the new Yars intercontinental ballistic missile. The number of long-range high-precision weapons carriers has increased by 12 times, while the number of guided cruise missiles increased by over 30 times. The Army, the Aerospace Forces and the Navy have grown significantly stronger as well.

Both Russia and the entire world know the names of our newest planes, submarines, anti-aircraft weapons, as well as land-based, airborne and sea-based guided missile systems. All of them are cutting-edge, high-tech weapons. A solid radar field to warn of a missile attack was created along Russia’s perimeter (it is very important). Huge holes appeared after the USSR disintegrated. All of them were repaired.

A leap forward was made in the development of unmanned aircraft; the National Defence Control Centre was established; and the operational command of the far maritime zone was formed.

Putin dedicated the first three-quarters of the speech to domestic issues, setting out a rosy vision of Russia’s development over the next 10 years.

The U.S. has always insisted that the missile shield is intended to provide defense against Iran and North Korea, an argument Russian officials have said they don’t believe.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert criticized the display as “irresponsible” and mocked what she called Putin’s “cheesy” computer graphics.

Another weapon, a hypersonic missile carried by aircraft, called “Kinzhal” or “Dagger,” had already been deployed in Russia’s Southern Military District, Putin said.

Accusing Russia of breaking its treaty obligations, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Mr. Putin confirmed what the US government has long known – that Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for more than a decade, violating its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The goal of the Nuclear Posture Review, unveiled earlier this month, is to deter war, David J. Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said.

“If nuclear weapons are used in war, it is because deterrence failed,” he said. “The goal of the 2018 NPR is to make sure deterrence will not fail.”

Trachtenberg stressed that the review is not a break with the past, but rather a continuation of long-held nuclear doctrine.The review is not a new arms race, nor is it a return to the Cold War. Rather, it is a hard-eyed view of the world as it is, Trachtenberg said.

Nuclear threats also emanate from rogue states such as North Korea, which has made repeated threats against the United States, South Korea and Japan.

The review is not a new arms race, nor is it a return to the Cold War. Rather, it is a hard-eyed view of the world as it is, Trachtenberg said.Nuclear threats also emanate from rogue states such as North Korea, which has made repeated threats against the United States, South Korea and Japan.

By: Arti Bali

Sr Journalist

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