Russia Plans 30-Fold Boost to Cruise Missile Count

Russia plans by 2020 to complete expansion by 30 times its cruise missile arsenal, the country's top defense official said on Friday.

Moscow has kept secret how many cruise missiles it now deploys on ships and aircraft, RIA Novosti reported.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said his country would "boost the number of cruise missiles five-fold in the next three years and by 30 times by 2020."

The move might be in reaction to a ballistic missile defense system planned in Europe, RIA Novosti said.

Separately, Russia's navy is scheduled to receive its second Borei-class submarine on Nov. 15, ITAR-Tass reported on Saturday. The service is due to take custody of the Alexander Nevsky after the vessel test-launches a Bulava ICBM in September, according to Sevmash shipyard head Mikhail Budnichenko.

The third Borei-class submarine, the Vladimir Monomakh, is slated for delivery to the navy in late December, according to ITAR-Tass.

Budnichenko said Russia one year ago had started assembling a more sophisticated Borei vessel, dubbed Knyaz Vladimir.

He said the atomic submarine Severodvinsk would go the navy on Christmas Day, Interfax reported. That vessel would be the first of seven planned Yasen-class ships, he noted.

July 8, 2013
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Russia plans by 2020 to complete expansion by 30 times its cruise missile arsenal, the country's top defense official said on Friday.

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