During his annual Federal Assembly, Putin presented two new warhead delivery systems, and polished up an older one as well. The first one, above, has yet to be named, but according to Vlad, it’s a game changer.
“Putin then went on to weapons systems that were not previously known to the public. One is a yet-to-be-named cruise missile with an almost unlimited range. This is achieved thanks to a highly-efficient on-board miniaturized nuclear reactor, which powers the flight. Such a missile can fly low enough to avoid early detection, can change course to avoid enemy anti-missile assets along its path, and maneuver to pierce the anti-missile systems protecting its target. According to Putin, Russia successfully tested a nuclear-propelled cruise missile at the end of 2017.”
That’s right, a nuclear reactor aboard a cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads.
Then there’s the “Avangard“:
“Another weapon that is being developed, but which was not shown being tested because its appearance is classified, according to Putin, is a hypersonic glider warhead deployed from space. Russia first tested one back in 2004 and has made significant progress since, the president said. The glider can fly in the atmosphere at speeds of over Mach-20 and can withstand a heat of up to 2,000C (3,632F) generated by air fiction.”
And for old times sake, the “Sarmat” or RS-28 has been remastered and rerouted:
“One system is the new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) called Sarmat, or RS-28. It’s already well-known, but Putin stressed that its increased range allows the missile to reach US territory from Russia via a South Pole route. The US has dozens of interceptor missiles deployed in Alaska on the presumption that Russia’s ICBMs would approach from that direction, which would not be the case with Sarmat.”
Well, if all this is actually true, Putin’s big red button just got a whole lot bigger.