Global Security Newswire
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Russia May Have Conventional Hypersonic Weapons in as Few as Five Years
The Russian military anticipates fielding conventional weapons with speeds as fast as Mach 5 or greater between 2018 and 2025, ITAR-Tass reported on Sunday, citing the deputy defense minister, Yuri Borisov.
Russia is pursuing so-called prompt global strike as a counter to U.S. efforts to develop such capabilities.
"Ultra-fast hypersonic weapons may be able to reach Russian territory virtually in no time to accurately hit strategic facilities, and we shall have nothing to fight back with," Borisov said in an interview with radio Ekho Moskvy.
"We have been conducting the same sort of research, too," the deputy minister continued. "It would be just silly to expect that we shall just stay idle and wait. We hope to have such weapons at about the same time" as the United States, which is projected to begin wielding them within the next five to eight years, he said.
Separately, every Russian missile brigade is set to be outfitted with Iskander M ballistic missiles no later than 2018, RIA Novosti reported on Friday.
The Iskander M, with its top flight distance of 174 miles, "has no match in the world for its tactical specifications," Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a tour of a Russian missile unit in the Astrakhan region.
Nov. 8, 2013
This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.
July 16, 2013
The submarine proliferation resource collection is designed to highlight global trends in the sale and acquisition of diesel- and nuclear-powered submarines. It is structured on a country-by-country basis, with each country profile consisting of information on capabilities, imports and exports.
This article provides an overview of Russia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.