Russia says its cutting edge anti-ballistic missile systems completely protect it against a first strike from everybody's favorite war-mongering superpower.
"We, along with many experts, believe that this weapon is best-in-class in the whole world.” - Valery Kashin, Missile Designer
With tensions at an all-time high around the world, talks of states acquiring nuclear weapons, and the possibility that someone might be stupid enough to start a nuclear war, all states, including Russia, are interested in missile defense. This video report by on the Russian evening news hosted by the country's top anchor, Dmitry Kiselyov, goes into detail about this aspect of the modern Russian arsenal, as well as other advanced Russian military gear. (Full Transcript Below).
The truth is missile defence is a crapshoot, it's a bit like trying to bat away golf balls flying towards you armed only with a tennis racket. You can stop a few, but if hundreds come...you're screwed. Eventually one of them will hit. If any country is likely to develop this technology, it will be the United States with its massive military budget dwarfing the other top ten countries put together, or Russia, legendary for its rocketry.
But the truth is...Russian rocketry is not equal to American...it is far superior.
It all began when Russia put the first satellite, and then the first man in space. Russia has an endless legacy of excellence in the field of rocketry.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why it is so infuriating how Russia can still be called a backwards country, and even Americans who respect Russia are still under the impression it lags behind significantly not only the US, but most of Europe.
Earth to America...Russia currently operates the flights to International Space Station which YOUR astronauts use! Due to setbacks at NASA and with SpaceX, American astronauts are looking at still remaining reliant on Russian rockets to fly them to space until at least 2019, provided there are no setbacks.
Russia is a rocketry colossus, and she's lending her considerable might not only to the world, in providing humanity transport to space, but to defend her borders from any nuclear threats foolish enough to attack the country which detonated the largest nuclear explosion known to man...at half yield.
So in short, please don't mess with the Bear, she's massive, she has nukes, she helps you fly to space, and all she wants is to be left in peace. Russia will take any steps to defend her young. Fun fact: the most dangerous type of bear to encounter is not a male, but actually a mother with cubs.
Kiselyov (Russia's Top Anchor):
On Friday, Russia released the footage of a new modernized missile defense system being successfully tested. The test took place at Sary Shagan training ground in Kazakhstan.
The system can hit any objects not only in the atmosphere, but also in space, like for example, satellites. If it intercepts an enemy's nuclear missile, then the warhead doesn't explode. As a result, it's cleaner.
On Monday, President Putin opened the 10th series of meetings with the leadership of the Defense Ministry and the military-industrial complex. Four such meetings took place in a week. The main subject is the modernization of the Russian Armed Forces, which is generally going as planned.
This year, 60% of the Russian Armed Forces will be equipped with up-to-date weapons and materiel.
The ABM interceptor missile tested in Sary Shagan is likely to become a part of the A-235 system covering the central economic district. Its mobile version can be deployed anywhere in Russia.
Its specification is classified, but, according to some indications, it can develop a speed of more than 3 kmps, which guarantees the boost phase intercept of ballistic missiles of a potential enemy. But there is every reason to believe that the new interceptor can develop a higher speed. And this means that it can be used in near space too, even before the bus of the enemy missile is activated.
It gives an almost absolute umbrella against nuclear attack.
In Kapustin Yar, the missile-men of the Western Military District receive a brigade set of the Iskander-M tactical missile system. It's a good old weapon but modified.
Valery Kashin, General Designer: "We, along with many experts, believe that this weapon is best-in-class in the whole world.”
It's the 11th missile formation of the ground forces that has been fully equipped with the newest Iskander systems.
And the Lipetsk Air Center is engaged in pilot retraining. They are taught to pilot new planes, a whole family of Sukhoi: Su-30 SM, Su-34, Su-35, Su-37.
Alan Datiev, Lipetsk air group deputy commander: "This machine has advanced systems that allow the pilot to fly in any meteorological conditions, with any kind of weapons and against any enemy."
Now the Su-57, a fifth-generation fighter, is expected. The Minister of Defense passes on reports on successfully mastering the new equipment to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief.
Defense meetings with the president are traditionally held twice a year, in May and late autumn. Within a few days, the head of state receives the reports of top officers, the heads of defense enterprises and research centers. This is a serious exam for them. But we see only a small part of it.
The main work takes place behind the scenes, when the tactical and technical specifications of the newest weapons, the results of their tests and the contracts for the supply of the equipment to the troops are discussed in detail.
Customers are in the military uniform, contractors are in civvies. Though they sit on opposite sides, they actually work together on the same team.
Here's the Tula region governor Alexey Dyumin talking to Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. It's Tula that supplies the army with the most weapons, from sniper to antiaircraft equipment. The president is just talking about modernizing the military-industrial complex enterprises.
President Putin: “Key indicators of the program must primarily guarantee the strategic deterrence, and efficiently eliminate an external threat, if any. Of course, the implementation of the state armament program depends on the capacities of defense enterprises, scientific and research centers.”
This year more than 3,400 units of modern and modernized weapons were delivered to the troops within the defense procurement. The Western Military District received 140 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and 2 division sets of the Tornado-G multiple launch rocket systems. The Central Military District will receive Ka-52 helicopters, S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, Pantsirs, Tornadoes, howitzers, and large-caliber mortars. It is especially important to note that many systems were already tested in real combat conditions in Syria.
The President also summed up the results of the Zapad 2017 joint strategic exercises. They took place on the territory of several regions of the Russian Federation and in Belarus, at nine testing grounds.
President Putin: “Several important goals have been reached with this exercise. First, we checked our mobilization readiness and our ability to use local resources to meet the troops’ requirements. Reservists were called up for this exercise.”
And here Putin drew a very important conclusion. The results of the exercises should be carefully analyzed and the technical re-equipment of enterprises working under military contracts accelerated.
President Putin: “The economic ability to increase the production of defense products and services quickly is a vital element of military security. All strategic and simply large companies, regardless of the type of ownership, must be able to do this.”
The president stresses again that all the risks from new external restrictions imposed on Russia are to be estimated so that our defense industry does not depend on the export of raw materials and components. And it's crucial to set up financing in such a way that not a single ruble goes to waste.
By the President's decree, the Ministry of Defense has developed a system for monitoring targeted expenditure.
Tatyana Shevtsova, Deputy Defense Minister: "We see the movement of our funds, from the top executives to the last little nail. Previously, the enterprises could use budgetary money and direct them to the fields beyond the contract. Our new system prevents this. Today all the money is kept within the grounds of defense procurement."
The top priority of the new state program is the development of nuclear deterrence systems as the backbone of the Armed Forces. High-precision weapons are of special importance.
The plans also include the construction of aircraft-carrying cruisers and new deck aircraft for them. The draft program is to be submitted to the president by December 15.
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