Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Russia to Field Robots to Guard Nuclear Missiles
Russia on Wednesday announced the military would begin fielding robots this year to guard the country's strategic nuclear missile sites, RIA Novosti reported.
Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Dmitry Andreyev said the mobile, unmanned security systems would be deployed at five missile-launch sites around the country.
"In March, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces began testing mobile robotic systems being developed to protect key ... installations," he said.
The robots can provide backup to security guards, discover intruders, "destroy" moving targets and conduct surveillance missions, the spokesman said.
The U.S. Energy Department similarly has used robots to patrol remote areas of its former nuclear-weapons testing grounds in Nevada.
The move to improve site security at Russian nuclear weapon sites comes amid a sharp rise in East-West tensions not seen since the end of the Cold War. NATO and the United States have stepped up their military presence in countries bordering Ukraine. Russia thus far has refused European and American demands to withdraw its military presence from Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
July 30, 2014
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies has created a series of 3D models of ballistic and cruise missiles for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
March 19, 2014
In a new Project Syndicate op-ed, NTI President Joan Rohlfing calls for leaders at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to establish a global nuclear security system.
This article provides an overview of Russia’s historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.