HomeGlobal Defence UpdatesRussia rehearses delivering tactical nuclear weapons with dummy warheads

Russia rehearses delivering tactical nuclear weapons with dummy warheads

msid 110970617,imgsize

Russian drills to deploy tactical nuclear weapons for combat involved the special delivery of dummy nuclear warheads to forward storage points and an airfield where they were loaded on to bombers, according to Russia’s elite nuclear unit.

President Vladimir Putin ordered the nuclear drills after what Russia said were threats from the West, including signals from Western officials that they would allow Ukraine to strike deep into Russia with Western weapons.

Drills have taken place in the south of Russia, which borders Ukraine, and with the involvement of soldiers from the Leningrad military district in Russia’s northwest, and have included mobile missile launchers, the air force and navy.

In a rare statement, Russia’s 12 Main Directorate (12 GU MO), which guards, maintains, transports and delivers Russia’s vast arsenal of nuclear weapons, said that the drills would be analysed to make improvements.

The nuclear directorate “ensured the delivery of nuclear training munitions to the field storage points of the missile brigade’s positional area and the operational airfield of assault aviation,” it said.

“Further improvement of the training of non-strategic nuclear forces will be determined in order to ensure the fulfilment of tasks in various scenarios for development of the military-political situation.” Footage released by the defence ministry showed Russian sailors focusing on a dummy target and then counting down to launch, including pressing the “launch” button. Russia says the United States and its European allies are pushing the world to the brink of nuclear confrontation by giving Ukraine billions of dollars worth of weapons, some of which are being used against Russian territory.

All major nuclear powers – Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain – hold nuclear drills, but it is very rare to link them explicitly in public to a major current crisis – as Russia has done over Ukraine.

By doing so, Russia is trying to send a signal to the United States and its biggest European allies that allowing Ukraine to strike Russia with ever bigger and more advanced Western weapons is an escalation that could have consequences.

The United States says it has seen no change to Russia’s strategic posture, though senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have to take Moscow’s remarks about nuclear weapons seriously.

Russia and the United States are by far the world’s biggest nuclear powers, holding about 88% of the world’s nuclear weapons, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

The United States has about 100 non-strategic B61 nuclear weapons deployed in five European countries – Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The U.S. has another 100 such weapons within its borders.

Russia has about 1,558 non-strategic nuclear warheads, though arms control experts say it is very difficult to say just how many there are due to secrecy.

Putin said last week that many of Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons were 70-75 kilotons of explosive power – around five times the size of the U.S. nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat


Defence Ministry set to clear โ‚น70,000 crore frigates’ order

New Delhi: The defence ministry is set to clear a mega โ‚น70,000 crore order for new warships for the Indian Navy. The stealth frigates...

Zen Technologies launches AI-powered robot for global defense market

Zen Technologies, an anti-drone technology and defence training solutions provider, in collaboration with its subsidiary AI Turing Technologies on Monday introduced AI-powered robot Prahasta,...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

AMCA to be integrated with sophisticated indigenous Distributed Aperture System (DAS) that making it a formidable air asset for the Indian Air Force

Source : IgMp Bureau Indiaโ€™s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) is on the brink of a revolutionary transformation with the integration of a sophisticated Distributed...

AMCA to incorporate the best features of both 5th and 6th Generation fighters: ADA sources

Source : IgMp Bureau India's strides toward indigenous air dominance receive a substantial boost with the green signal for the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA)...

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months


Growing chorus in India for 2 squadrons of F-35A stealth fighters as Pakistan joins Turkish KAAN and China fielding 150 J-20 5th gen fighters

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU) Growing chorus in India for 2 squadrons of F-35A stealth fighters as Pakistan joins Turkish KAAN and China fielding...

Jammu and Kashmir: 7 terrorists including 3 from Pakistan killed in 24 hours

Source : WIONFile Photo Photograph:( IANS )Jammu and Kashmir Police has gunned down 7 terrorists in last 24 hours. Three of them were Pakistani....

UKโ€™s House of Commons Defence panel calls for expansion of AUKUS to include India, Japan

Source : The PrintRepresentative ImageNew Delhi: Reflecting the need for increased global security cooperation, the United Kingdomโ€™s House of Commons defence select committee has called...

Private security firm says missile fire seen off the Yemen coast in the Red Sea near crucial strait

Missiles suspected to have been fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels landed a distance away from a ship traveling through the Red Sea on Friday,...
error: Content is protected !!