Moscow: Russia announced launching four intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) from its advanced Borei-class nuclear submarine. The Russian Defense Ministry has reported the information and released its videos and photographs. Only three days ago, Russia had announced it exercised the nuclear triad under the command of President Vladimir Putin. By testing four ICBMs at one time in succession to the nuclear triad, Russia has indicated maintaining an aggressive policy against the US and NATO.
On Saturday, the Russian Defence Ministry released videos and photographs of nuclear-powered Vladimir Monomakh submarine, test-firing four ICBMs in succession from the Sea of Okhotsk, which is a part of the Pacific Ocean. The tests are said to be the first instance of testing four ICBMs – the advanced RSM-Bulava missiles, in succession from a submarine.
During the tests of the Russian Pacific Fleet, the Bulava missiles reportedly travelled 5,000 metres to Russia’s northwest and hit its designated targets. The area is located in proximity to Finland. The range of Bulava missiles is between 8 to 10 km whereas the Vladimir Monomakh submarine is loaded with 16 Bulava missiles. Moreover, a Russian news channel asserted the launch of four missiles in succession, which achieved their set targets, was a glimpse of the destruction a potential nuclear war may cause.
Last year, the US had pulled out from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces or INF treaty with Russia. In the next two months, the New START treaty between the US and Russia is set to expire. Also, the US has alleged that Russia has repeatedly been violating the terms of the agreement, meant for keeping control on the number of advanced missiles and nuclear weapons with both nations. Russia, however, rebuffed all claims counter-alleging that the US wanted to expand its capabilities and thereby was trying to end the pact.
Russia has started to consistently test nuclear weapons and new variants of missiles given the end of the INF treaty and nearing expiry of the New START. At the start of the year, Russia had tested super-advanced hypersonic missiles. In June, the country announced a new nuclear deterrence policy, wherein it warned to retaliate to any conventional attack with nuclear weapons.
Besides, last month, Russia said it had tested advanced hypersonic missiles as even anti-satellite weapons. By exercising its nuclear triad, right after that, Russia has proved its nuclear capabilities.
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