The Russian ultra-long-range cruise missile with the Burevestnik nuclear power plant can “circle the globe for years” and will be ready to strike at any moment, as in the technological sense, Russia seeks to “push the boundaries of science”.
A statement to that effect was made by Jim Hockenhall, head of British military intelligence writes The Telegraph.
“Moscow is testing a nuclear-powered subsonic cruise missile with a global reach that will strike from unexpected directions,” Hockenhall said during a media briefing at the Five Eyes intelligence alliance’s intelligence center (which unites the U.S., British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand intelligence).
Hockenhall also drew attention to the fact that due to the rocket engine, the Russian missile has “almost unlimited time of waiting”.
In addition, the head of the Kingdom’s military intelligence noted Russia’s major investments in the development of the submarine fleet and deepwater facilities.
“They have carefully studied the West to understand where it is best to invest to create more problems for us,” Hockenhall is convinced.
Russian submarines have learned how to fire ballistic missiles through the thick ice of the Arctic. The Russian submarine fleet has received a kind of “crackers” that can break through a funnel in the ice up to four meters in diameter. The American Forbes was interested in the new Russian development.
In his message to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the appearance of the newest types of strategic weapons, in particular, the hypersonic complexes “Dagger”, “Vanguard”, “Burevestnik”, combat laser “Peresvet”, an underwater drone with a nuclear propulsion system “Poseidon”.
Before that, the Pentagon had recognized the lag between Russia and China in the production of hypersonic weapons. The experts assumed that such a gap is about five years.
The topic of the latest weapons was discussed at the Russian-American consultations on strategic stability in Vienna on June 22-23.