Russia Constructing Large New Depot for Nuclear Weapons

Russia has begun constructing a new nuclear-missile storage complex not far from its border with Norway, the Barents Observer reports.

Dozens of nuclear-tipped Bulava ballistic missiles are to be stored at the Severomorsk site, less than 75 miles away from the border with Norway.

Work on an initial two depots that will house the submarine-launched ballistic missiles began last month. An additional two storage facilities are to be constructed in November. Moscow is spending more than $16 million building the Bulava storage complex, which is located at the principal munitions depot of the Northern Fleet, according to Izvestia.

The Bulava storage site is a three-hour sail away from Gadzhiyevo -- the principal base of the Borei-class submarine fleet, according to former Vice Adm. Vladimir Zakharov.

Russia seeks cost savings in building the new depot, but also wants to keep its ballistic missiles stored separately from their delivery vehicles, Zakharov said.

"It's better not to keep all eggs in one basket," he said.

Once Russia has fully inducted all of the submarines in its planned eight Borei-class vessel fleet, there will be in excess of 200 Bulava missiles held at Severomorsk, according to Zakharov.

December 16, 2013
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Russia has begun constructing a new nuclear-missile storage complex not far from its border with Norway, the Barents Observer reports.

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