Saturday, October 30, 2010

Russian Military had busy week

The Russian military has been very busy in the last few days as they continue to rebuild and renew.
Not a good sign at this time.

On Thursday Russia test fired a Topal RS-12M (SS-25 Sickle) a single warhead intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a yield of 550 kilotons and a range of 6,125 miles. While this is one of their older missiles, first put into service in 1985, its service life has been extended several times.

This will be replaced by the Topal-M (SS-27 Stalin) which is a single warhead 550 Kiloton, the design is compatible with MIRV carrying 4 to 6 warheads along with decoys. It reportedly has a range of 1,242 to 6,525 miles. It is also claimed to be Russia's most accurate with a CEP of 657 feet.

Russia claims the missile will be invulnerable to any current of future US missile defense systems.  It can make evasive measures and is shielded against radiation,  EMP, nuclear explosions at distances of
over 1641 feet, and with take a hit from any laser. It can be launched from a shielded silo or from a mobile launcher.

Russia also launched two SLBM's from submerged submarines. One submarine fired a Sineva missile, the other fired a SS-N-18 Stingray missile. These missiles were fired at the same time and hit their designated targets.

Friday Russia had a successful launch of the much troubled Bulava (Mace) RSM-56 SBLM. This missile can carry up to ten independently targeted supersonic warheads which Russia claims cannot be
intercepted by any known means. The multiple warheads reached their targets 4,970 miles away in approximately 20 minutes.

Friday also saw the launch of the first of a new class of frigates. The project 22350 ship Admiral Gorshkov is a 4,500 ton frigate with a speed of 29 knots and a range of 4,000 nm at 14 knots.

It will carry a crew of 210 and large assortment of armament. It will have a 130 mm gun, a Kashtan Close In Weapons System, 8 Oniks (SS-N-26) anti-ship missiles, the Shtil (SA-N-12) medium range anti-aircraft missile complex, four 533 mm torpedo tubes. RPK-9 Medvedka-VE (SS-N-29) anti-submarine rockets and 24 Uragan SAM missiles. It will also carry a Ka-27 or Ka-32 helicopter.

Defense Ministry sources say the Russian Navy will receive 10 of these vessels in the next decade, and needs between 20 and 30 of these frigates as the main ocean-going surface ship.

This is all done just before the start of new talks scheduled to take place between the US and Russia.
It seems that Russia is purposely trying to prove they can be stronger and more dangerous.

Can it be that Russia plans to hold the upper hand and dictate to the US? Is the "reset" going to happen? One has to wonder.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"
 


---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996