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12-08-2017, 02:50 PM
The United States has revealed which Russian cruise missile Washington believes is in violation of the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.
Speaking at the Wilson Center on November 29, National Security Council official Christopher Ford revealed that the weapon is in fact the Novator 9M729—which carries the NATO designation of SSC-8. The land-based cruise missile is thought to have a range that falls between 500km and 5,500km, and is therefore illegal under the terms of the treaty, which turns 30 year old today (December 7). Many analysts like Jeff Lewis have long suspected that the INF-busting weapon in question is the 9M729, but until Ford confirmed their suspicions, there was no official word from the United States government.
The only thing scholars and analysts had to go on was a cryptic paragraph in the U.S. State Department’s April 2017 Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments report. There were no other details available.


12-16-2017, 06:29 PM
The Trump administration is considering new sanctions to make sure Russia abides by the terms of a 1987 nuclear-arms treaty that limits intermediate-range missiles.
Russian companies that helped develop a new version of a banned cruise missile will bear the brunt of the sanctions being weighed by the Commerce Department, Politico reported.
The US says Russia’s newly deployed Novator 9M729 missile violates the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.
If the Russians are breaking the treaty, the US might respond by developing a new intermediate-range cruise missile of its own, the State Department said.


Stay tuned.

05-22-2018, 06:04 PM
In somewhat related news,

The Kremlin has denied US claims that Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile with “unlimited” range crashed after only 22 miles.

The weapon was one of a range of “invincible” nuclear arms announced by Vladimir Putin during a speech in March.

But sources with direct knowledge of a US intelligence report told CNBC that four tests of the missile between November and February all resulted in crashes.

The longest flight lasted two minutes and covered 22 miles, while shortest ended only four seconds and five miles after launch, they said.
Vladimir Putin first touted the cruise missile during a sabre-rattling March speech in which he said Russia had developed “invincible” nuclear arms including a glider warhead, hypersonic missile and underwater drone. One of the accompanying computer animations showed warheads raining down on Florida.

The “Dagger” hypersonic missiles Mr Putin mentioned were later displayed on the belly of MiG-31 jets roaring over Red Square during the annual Victory Day parade this month.

The new nuclear weapons were designed to overcome US missile defence systems in countries like Poland and Romania, which “violate the strategic balance” between nuclear powers, he argued.



Kinzhal (Russian for ‘dagger’) is an air-launched hypersonic missile that has been undergoing trials in the Russian Armed Forces since December 2017, RIA news agency reports. The new missile was first unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1, alongside some other advanced weapons.

The missile is launched from high-altitude aircraft, such as the MiG-31K, has an effective range of 2,000km and is able to penetrate all existing and even prospective air-defense systems, while travelling 10 times faster than the speed of sound.

The munition is highly maneuverable and can be fitted with nuclear or conventional warheads.


08-24-2018, 06:55 PM
Can't find one.


The Russian military is searching for a “nuclear-powered” missile that it lost at sea, at least according to anonymous U.S. intelligence sources who spoke to CNBC.

According to CNBC, those sources said Russia tested four of the missiles, which are reportedly called Burevestniks, between November 2017 and February 2018. But President Vladimir Putin’s boasting earlier this year that the prototypes could “attack any target” at any range (specifically Florida) appears to have been somewhat premature. The sources said all four tests failed, with Russia’s best attempt lasting a pitiful two minutes and covering just 22 miles (35 kilometers), and the nuclear core failing to activate mid-flight. CNBC wrote the Russians are not particularly happy about this and are trying to recover one of the lost missiles.


11-09-2018, 04:29 PM

MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. The first regiment armed with the Avangard system comprising an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a hypersonic glide vehicle will assume combat duty until the end of 2019, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Monday.


As Russia’s Defense Ministry officially stated, the first Avangard hypersonic missile systems will be put on combat duty in the Red Banner Missile Division based in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals. According to the source, the Avangard hypersonic system is expected to enter service in late 2018 - early 2019. In compliance with the established procedure, a control launch of the glide vehicle’s carrier, the UR-100N UTTKh missile, is expected to be carried out before the hypersonic system is accepted for service


The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. According to open sources, the ‘breakthrough’ weapon was developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov, the Moscow Region) and was tested from 2004. The glide vehicle is capable of flying at hypersonic speed in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.

The new weapon was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on March 1. Later, the Russian leader said during his annual Q&A session on June 7 that "the Avangard system is already in the process of its manufacture and has entered its serial production and in 2019 we are planning to deliver it to the Armed Forces."

The UR-100N UTTKh (SS-19 Stiletto) is a heavy upgrade of the UR-100 missile complex developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s by the Design Bureau-52 led by Vladimir Chelomei. It was accepted for service in 1980. Currently, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force operates 30 silo-based missiles of this type, according to open sources. The missile has a takeoff weight of about 100 tonnes and a throw weight of around 4.5 tonnes.