Russia exercises its strategic nuclear ‘triad’

Russia exercises its strategic nuclear ‘triad’

Since 28 October Moscow has tested and exercised all three components of its nuclear arsenal, including the firing of submarine-launched and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (SLBMs and ICBMs) as well as extensive long-range strategic bomber sorties.

The Russian Defence Ministry announced on 1 November that it had test fired an RS-12M Topol-M ICBM from its Plesetsk Military Cosmodrome. The silo-based missile successfully hit its target 4,000 miles away on the Kura Test Range on the Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

The Topol-M is a three-stage, solid-propellant, silo-based, or road-mobile ballistic missile with a range of 10,500 km.

On 29 October the lead boat of Russia’s fleet of Borei-class (Project 955) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), Yury Dolgoruky , accomplished the submerged launch of a Bulava SLBM in the Barents Sea in the first combat training launch of the missile.

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