Russia's New Nuclear Missiles Have Some Problems Mixed With Some Successes

Russian Topol inter-continental ballistic missiles are pictured during a rehearsal for the nation's annual May 9 Victory Day parade (file photo from The Daily Mail)

Popular Mechanics: Putin’s New Missiles Are Having Decidedly Mixed Success

A nuclear-powered cruise missile stumbles, but hypersonic weapons should be deployed next year.

We've heard plenty of bombastic claims about new Russian weaponry in the past few years. But U.S. intelligence believes that the development of new arms—many of them nuclear-capable—is experiencing decidedly mixed success.

According to MSNBC, the Avangard and Kinzhal hypersonic weapons could be operational by 2020, but the Buresvestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile won’t be ready for at least a decade. These weapons were announced in May 2018 as part of a package to modernize Russian tactical and strategic nuclear forces.

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Update #1: Vladimir Putin’s so-called missile with unlimited range is too expensive for the Kremlin – and has yet to fly farther than 22 miles (CNBC)
Update #2: Russia apparently can't afford Putin's problematic nuclear-powered cruise missile (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: I have trouble seeing this Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile taking off. It is years behind development, and from what I have read in their main stream media, way over budget.

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