SOCHI, Russia - Addressing the country’s defense ministry in the Black Sea city of Sochi, the Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled dangerous new plans for the armed forces.
Putin has reportedly announced that 14 military units across Russia will receive an upgrade to their nuclear-capable missile forces by the end of the year.
He further told defense ministry officials that Moscow’s nuclear forces were of “key significance” and that the upgrade of over a dozen missile regiments should take place before the end of December.
Russia’s state news agency, Tass quoted Putin as saying, “Over the last few years, we have done a lot for the strengthening of the armed forces. In accordance with the state armament program this year, we will continue replacing the Topol rocket complexes that are completing their service life with the newest Yars.”
According to IHS Jane’s 360, the Yars is a recent multiple-warhead version of the road-mobile Topol intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be stored in a silo as well as on a vehicle.
Reports noted that since 2010, the introduction of Yars into service has been gradual since Moscow has been looking to revamp the ICBM arsenal.
Currently, its arsenal boasts of five different kinds of missile that are in operation.
Meanwhile, Putin stressed that apart from missiles, Russia will also bolster the aviation aspect of its nuclear triad this year.
Putin announced that “modernized missile-carrying bombers Tu-95MS and Tu-160 armed with modern cruise long-range missiles Kh-101 and Kh-102” would be introduced.
Further, the Russian president has instructed his defense officials to begin work on a new S-500 anti-missile system that can hit targets at “super-high altitudes, including near-the-Earth space.”
Russia’s ties with the U.S. have been rocky, despite the U.S. President Donald Trump’s vow to strengthen ties with the Kremlin.
Now, Russia’s repeated advertisement of prospective nuclear-capable arms has caused worries amongst experts, but the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed the idea that it is looking to spark an arms race with the U.S.
Yet, almost half of Putin’s pre-election, state of the union address was focussed on an unusual move of making a presentation on arms that the country possess.
Putin spent time explaining about the much-anticipated Sarmat 2 heavy ICBM during his presentation too.
Causing provocation, his presentation also included an animated footage, which appeared to show warheads dropping on Florida.
Further, the country’s press too has hyped the prospective missile by noting its destructive capabilities to European countries or U.S. states, which could be devastated by a hit.