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Russian media: Russia overtaken the United States on nuclear power

3 october 2014 | 13:21

One of the reasons is slowing down the rate of scrapping Topol missile.

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For the first time since the beginning of the XXI century Russia has caught up with America in the number of all carriers of nuclear weapons in Strategic nuclear forces and the number of warheads on deployed weapons of mass destruction.

It is wriiten in the Russian newspaper Vedomosti, based on the published on Thursday by the U.S. Department of state information which was acquired in the course of the ensuing on Sept. 1 exchange of data on strategic weapons with Russia.

As it is known, sharing this information is provided by the Russian-American Treaty on Strategic offensive arms (also known as New Start), signed in Prague three years ago.

According to the methodology of the calculation, expanded media strategic nuclear forces are separately accounted for: nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles (SSBNs), strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), ground-based, - non-deployed carriers (for example, SSBNs with unloaded at the moment missiles), and warheads on deployed carriers.

The head of the Russian nuclear forces Paul Feat believes that the growth of deployed strategic warheads and carriers in both states is called by the use of nuclear submarines of the new project 955 on the Navy of the Russian Federation. These submarines are equipped with new Bulava missiles with multiple warheads. In addition, instead of ICBM Topol-M single-warhead a missile YARS missiles with three warheads is set.

According to the former official of the Ministry of defense of Russia, another factor of the number of Russian warheads catching up with American ones, is that the rate of retirement Topol missile in the Russian army fell. But these missiles will still be eventually decommissioned and by 2018, the U.S. will have some advantage in warheads, he supposes.

 

It must be mentioned that the burden of maintaining the military industry of the Russian Federation may be impossible for the budget of the country, weakened by low oil prices and Western sanctions. As analyzed by Guardian, in the next two years Russia is going to spend on the army money which in fact it does not have. 

Source: Vedomosti

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