U.S. intelligence estimates that Russia’s unrestricted-range cruise missile, the Nuclear-Powered Burevestnik, will be ready for commissioning by 2025. Despite a number of failed tests, according to experts, Putin foresees the emergence of a new generation of defense technologies and tries to act ahead of the curve.
U.S. intelligence: Russia’s ‘unlimited” nuclear missile will be ready by 2025 (CNBC, USA)
Reports of new, more ambitious timelines for the readiness of these cruise missiles came despite the fact that the Kremlin has yet to conduct successful tests after several failed attempts.
The news came amid reports of a mysterious explosion off Russia’s northern coast that killed five scientists and raised fears that Moscow had tested the aforementioned missile, the name “Burevestnik.”
WENE – U.S. intelligence estimates that despite several failed tests, Russia’s “unlimited” nuclear-powered cruise missile will be ready within the next six years, a little earlier than reported. Before.
Reports of new, more ambitious timelines for the readiness of these cruise missiles came despite the fact that the Kremlin has yet to conduct successful tests after several failed attempts, according to sources familiar with the intelligence report.
Moreover, this news came amid reports of a mysterious explosion off the northern coast of Russia, which killed five scientists and after which there were fears that Moscow had tested the above-mentioned Burevestnik missile. It was possible to find out the American intelligence, the explosion on August 8 occurred during a mission to lift the fallen rocket “Burevestnik” from the bottom of the ocean.
In March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin presented several types of the latest supersonic weapons, as well as a cruise missile “Burevestnik.” Putin said that this nuclear-powered missile has an unlimited range.
The Test of the Thunderbird missile (NATO-classified Skyfall) took place once earlier this year and four more times from November 2017 to February 2018. All these tests failed.
As the U.S. found out, the longest test flight of this missile lasted a little over two minutes, during which time the missile flew 35 kilometers before it lost control and fell. The shortest flight lasted four seconds, during which time the rocket flew eight kilometers. These tests showed that the nuclear power plant of the cruise missile obviously could not be launched, meaning the missile would not have been able to overcome the “unlimited” distance that Putin was talking about.
The Russian president said that these “invulnerable” weapons have powerful potential. However, in March, CNBC reported that the Kremlin will be able to build only a few such missiles, because so far all their tests have failed and because their development requires a lot of funds. According to experts in matters of national security, despite all the failures, Putin intends to invest in such weapons. “Russia intends to invest heavily in new systems like these to defeat American missile defense systems. We are moving towards an arms race,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. “Trump’s personal friendship with Putin cannot be a substitute for the treaties that have held back nuclear superpowers. Whatever these leaders say, the Armed Forces of America and Russia are spending billions on new nuclear weapons against each other.”
Joshua Pollack, a nuclear proliferation expert and editor of the Nonproliferation Review, called Putin’s strategy “self-destruction,” adding that it usually takes a very long time to develop such “exotic new technologies” like this cruise missile.
“Almost everything he demonstrated was created to bypass the United States missile defense systems in one way or another. Their current generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles can easily cope with this task, Pollack said. “However, perhaps he foresees the emergence of a new generation of defense technologies and tries to stay ahead of the curve.”