Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced on Sunday the Russian navy’s capabilities have been rising and that it will be geared up with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones.
Based on Putin, Russia can be armed with 40 new vessels this 12 months however he didn’t specify when it will obtain new hypersonic weapons. The Russian protection ministry mentioned the weapons have been of their ultimate section of testing.
“The widespread deployment of superior digital applied sciences that haven’t any equals on this planet, together with hypersonic strike programs and underwater drones, will give the fleet distinctive benefits and elevated fight capabilities,” Putin mentioned in St Petersburg at an annual naval parade that shows the nation’s greatest nuclear submarines, ships and naval aviation.
“Six extra vessels for the far-sea zone have been laid down at Russia’s three main shipyards” prior to now few days, Putin mentioned in the course of the opening of the parade.
The mix of maneuverability, pace, and altitude of the hypersonic missiles makes them able to touring at greater than 5 occasions the pace of sound and due to this fact troublesome to trace and intercept. Some analysts, nevertheless, have questioned how superior the weapons actually are.
The Poseidon and Tsirkon
A number of the weapons have but to be deployed, the ministry mentioned, together with the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone meant to be carried by submarines, and the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, designed to be carried on floor ships.
In a separate assertion launched by native information companies, the protection ministry mentioned testing of the Belgorod, the primary submarine able to transporting the Poseidon drones, has begun and that testing was nearing completion.
“Work is being efficiently accomplished to create trendy weapons programs for the navy,” it was cited as saying.
Putin has mentioned Moscow doesn’t need an arms race however final 12 months threatened to set hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines that transcend US territorial waters if Washington moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
Sunday’s parade marking Russia’s Navy Day in St. Petersburg and the close by city of Kronshtadt featured 46 ships and vessels and greater than 4,000 troops. Putin mentioned on Friday that the parade demonstrates “the rising energy of our navy.”
Related parades additionally occurred within the Far Jap cities of Vladivostok and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk, Sevastopol within the annexed Crimea, the seaport cities of Severomorsk and Baltiysk, Kaspirsk within the south of Russia and the port metropolis of Tartus in Syria.
Earlier this week, Putin attended a ceremony of keel-laying of recent warships in Crimea and mentioned Russia wants a powerful navy to “assist preserve a strategic stability and world stability.”
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