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Taken from https://andrei-bt.livejournal.com/903694.html

"Avangard" launch:



   The flight of the winged combat unit takes place at an altitude of several tens of kilometers in dense layers of the atmosphere, in contrast to conventional combat blocks of intercontinental ballistic missiles that fly to the target along a ballistic trajectory. It moves to intercontinental range with hypersonic speed, the maximum value of which exceeds the Mach 20.


   When moving towards the target, the unit is capable of maneuvering, both lateral (by several thousand kilometers) and in height, which ensures unpredictability of its flight for missile defense, the possibility of bypassing the zones of operation of their information and fire facilities.


   In addition, the flight trajectory of the combat unit is below the minimum height of the interception of the overhorizon ABM systems. Its interception by short-range anti-missiles is also unlikely due to the limited possibilities for deploying anti-missiles on a high-speed maneuvering target and using a modern complex of anti-missile defense devices by the winged combat unit itself.



   Today, the Russian Defense Ministry suddenly published a whole volley of video stories about the trials of prospective Wunderwaffe, which VVP [Putin] threatened in March. The video about hypersonic aeroballistic system Avangard deserves special attention. In it, in addition to the abstract animation of the device itself, we see the launch of its carrier from the silo.


   And, judging by the unique "head", it is nothing more than a forgotten rocket "Strela", which since the beginning of the 2000s was developed by the NPO Mashinostroyeniya on the basis of the intercontinental UR-100N UTTKH within the framework of the program "Pragmatic Cosmos". Strela is a conversion of the famous Rokot, which was used a regular block of warheads carrier for sending small satellites into orbit instead of the Breez. After 3 demonstration launches, including in the interests of the foreign customer, the project was closed as commercially unpromising. But, it seems, only in order to revive again in the flight test format of the Avangard 15Yu71 of the same NPO Mashinostroyeniya.


   And thanks to the technical documentation for the spacecraft 14F133, we can now estimate the dimensions of the maneuvering orbital combat unit, of which practically nothing is known. The "head" 14S135 with an enlarged fairing of the second type, visible in the video, allows to place a payload of more than 5 meters length with a 1.5 meter diameter tapering upwards. To this it remains to add that the 3-meter diameter of the Sarmat ICBM combat unit will pbe able to take up to 3 such birds with the size of a small minibus and a weight of up to a ton.



Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile





   A low-flying, hard to detect cruise missile carrying a nuclear warhead with practically unlimited range, unpredictable flight trajectory and the possibility of bypassing interception lines make it invulnerable to all existing and prospective systems of both missile defense and air defense.

   The tests carried out of the new cruise missile with a small nuclear power plant enabled Russian scientists, engineers and designers, together with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, to confirm the correctness of scientific and technical solutions, as well as to obtain valuable experimental information necessary to clarify a number of requirements for the product and complex in whole.

   At present, the creation of a cruise missile complex of unlimited range is carried out in a planned manner.


Sarmat ICBM




   As reported by the newspaper Kommersant in the material of Ivan Safronov, "Sarmat" embarks on the path of flight training". The Defense Ministry is preparing for the next tests of the newest ICBM, "the Ministry of Defense completed a series of ballistic tests of a liquid intercontinental ballistic missile (RSBM) RS-28 Sarmat. The specialists have almost finished analyzing the information obtained during the three test launches from the Plesetsk testing site in order to begin flight design tests of the product in 2018. It is from this that the timing of the deployment of the newest complex depends. Its arrival in the army in 2020 was previously announced by President Vladimir Putin.


Nuclear powered unmanned sub Poseidon


   I am not sure what they are talking about when they say that it is "new type" of weapon... If they made nuclear-powered version of something like Shkval on the other hand, than i would say "that it a terrific club to show to others", because it fucking would be.

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I know @LostCosmonaut  had a thread about radiation thresholds and others have mentioned Nukemap, but I did run across this which may be of interest during one of my attempts to indulge my obsession with 50s era atomic army silliness (Blame Fallout):


Casualty Estimation for Nuclear and Radiological Weapons


The focus seems mostly on possible terrorist devices, but it mentions tactical stuff too.   It goes without saying it's very NATO centric as well. 

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Russia Conducts Test of Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile
The test is the thirteenth to date to involve the experimental Burevestnik


   Russia conducted a partially successful test of its developmental nuclear-powered cruise missile, the Burevestnik, on January 29, 2019, according to U.S. government sources with knowledge of Russia’s weapons programs who spoke to the The Diplomat. The test took place at Russia’s Kapustin Yar missile test range and is the thirteenth to date involving the missile.

   The test marks the first involving the Burevestnik in nearly one year. The missile had not been tested since February 2018. According to one source, U.S. intelligence assesses that Russia’s development efforts on the missile continues. The United States intelligence community internally calls the missile the KY30 or the SSC-X-9 SKYFALL.

   The Burevestnik was first tested at Kapustin Yar in June 2016. According to U.S. military intelligence, only one test of the missile has been moderately successful to date. That test took place in November 2017 from Russia’s Pank’ovo test site in Novaya Zemlya and resulted in recovery mission involving specialized Russian ship crews to retrieve the missile’s debris and nuclear materials from the Barents Sea after a crash.



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Poseidon tests:





   According to some rumors it was tested on Kamchatka. And whole thing is continuation of rather old design program.



   Object: "Construction of special structures for reception, storage and maintenance of products 2A03 of complex 2M39, military unit 31268"

   Repair and technical base of the Navy, Military Unit 31268, Kamchatka Territory, Viluchinsk, INN 4102003015


and further:


   Production of the unit for transportation of biological protection 2F39.1 KB3.01 in the volume agreed upon with 494 VP MO RF, development of ED

  Production of component parts 2F39.1 KBZ of equipment for installation of biological protection in the volume agreed with 179 VP of the Ministry of Defense of the  Russian Federation


I thought that the topic was almost 25 years old, but appears that it would soon be 27 years old:

   it is produced for the performance of work under an agreement concluded between JSC TsKB MT "Rubin" and FSUE "NITI them. A.P. Aleksandrov” to develop a system for stabilizing the water-chemical and gas regime of the product 2M39 for military unit 10555 as part of the State Defense Order 89 Contract No. 334-92 of 06/05/1992.


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On 3/27/2019 at 6:01 PM, Belesarius said:



Interesting article discussing nuclear war in todays context.  @Collimatrix , @LostCosmonaut, thoughts?



I think he has some right ideas, and some dubious ones.  The proposition that serious thinking about nuclear combat has atrophied strikes me as correct.  The idea that nuclear warfare does not really introduce an entirely quantitatively different level of devastation strikes me as plain fucking ignorant.  An all-out nuclear war between NATO and the USSR at their height would have left most of the population centers of Eurasia in rubble from nukes, the entire continental ecology unsuitable for agriculture for years since nerve agents kill insects, and the soils contaminated for who knows how long if the Soviets decided to get frisky with their weaponized anthrax stores.


He brings up the European powers' decision to go to war in 1914 as an example of state actors' willingness to risk destruction and brave the risks of war.  But none of the powers in 1914 foresaw the depth and breadth of the war.  They thought it would be a quick, relatively painless conflict and had no idea what they were risking.

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