New Russian submarine fires intercontinental missiles for the first time, hits a target 3500 kilometers away, while fear of a new arms race grows
- The Russian Ministry of Defense has released images of the test launch in the White Sea
- The Bulava rocket hit a target in Kamchatka, 3500 km away on the Pacific coast
- The submarine Prince Vladimir is expected to go into active service in December
Russia fired a ballistic missile for the first time from its new submarine and hit a target thousands of miles away, Moscow has revealed.
In a showdown, the Russian Ministry of Defense released images of the Bulava rocket launched by the nuclear-powered submarine Prince Vladimir.
The & # 39; successful & # 39; test launch from the northern White Sea hit a target 3,500 km away in Kamchatka on the Pacific coast of the country, the Russian army said.
The state-of-the-art submarine is expected to go into active service in December.
Force measurement: the Russian Ministry of Defense has released these images of a ballistic missile launch of a submarine in the White Sea
Launch: a Bulava ballistic missile – seen as a cornerstone of Russia's military capabilities – is fired from a Borei-class nuclear-powered submarine
The Knyaz Vladimir is the first improved 955A model that was produced in the Borei class of Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
It will be employed by the Northern Fleet of Russia at the end of this year once it has completed tests, including weapons tests, said the commander of the fleet.
The Bulava – or Mace – is seen as a cornerstone of the Russian military triad consisting of weapons at sea, on land and in the air.
The launch was carried out with an empty cargo and reached a test location in the far east of Russia.
No fewer than eight Russian nuclear submarines sailed for the launch of their base on the Kola Peninsula, reported Norwegian media.
Moreover, according to the Russian media is expected to start testing the new Russian Sarmat ballistic missiles early next year.
The hypersonic rocket, also known as Satan-2, will be deployed in 2021 after Vladimir Putin has made progress in its development.
Moscow says that Satan-2 can evade the defense shield of the United States and destroy an area the size of England and Wales – or Texas.
Weapon: Flight tests on the new Russian ballistic missile Sarmat (shown during the first test) are expected to start early next year
Testing: a rocket launch of a submarine with the new ultramodern Prince Vladimir ship of Russia, expected to be active in December
The weapon is seen as a crucial part of Russia's ongoing drive to modernize its nuclear arsenal.
The first test phase is said to include two rocket launches with a & # 39; massive model of the warhead & # 39; from an underground installation in the Plesetsk cosmodrome 650 miles north of Moscow.
The & # 39; target & # 39; will be on the Kura training field in Kamchatka on the Pacific coast of Russia, the Vedomosti newspaper reported.
After this, tests could be conducted from a location in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, where the 62nd strategic missile department for missiles is deployed.
It is believed that it is the first time since the Soviet era that advanced rocket tests have been conducted from this site.
The test launch is surrounded by growing fear of a new arms race between Moscow and Washington.
Putin has often boasted about the hypersonic rockets of Moscow and said after a test last year that they & # 39; impossible to intercept & # 39; goods.
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The fear of an arms race has grown after the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Nuclear Forces Treaty in August, a movement that has signaled this since last year.
The 1987 pact signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had banned ground weapons with a range between 300 and 3400 miles.
But Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty and producing illegal missiles.
Earlier this year, the US tested a modified, ground-launched version of a US Tomahawk cruise missile, which would be banned under the treaty.
Putin urged his own defense chiefs to take & # 39; extensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response & # 39 ;.
European leaders have expressed concern about the consequences of the death of the Treaty amid concerns about an arms race that has not been seen since the Cold War.
However, NATO said in a statement in February that the American allies fully support the withdrawal & # 39; and agreed that the Russian 9M729 rocket violated the pact.
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