Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Is The U.S. And Russia Entering A New Nuclear Arms Race?

An Avangard missile test launch in 2018. Source: TASS

Henry Meyer and Jake Rudnitsky, Bloomberg: Putin’s Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Stirs Fears of Arms Race

  * Russia is beating U.S. on defense-evading weapons, Putin said
  * Last U.S.-Russia strategic arms-control pact expires in 2021

A new hypersonic nuclear missile that Russia says it has deployed is fueling concerns of a new arms race with the U.S. as the clock ticks down on the expiry of the last treaty limiting the strategic arsenals of the two former Cold War foes.

Russia’s first regiment of Avangard missiles was commissioned in the Urals region of Orenberg, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Dec. 27, days after President Vladimir Putin boasted that the new weapon could penetrate any defensive shield.

“Not a single country possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons,” Putin told military chiefs. “They’re trying to catch up with us.”

The Russian leader unveiled the Avangard and five other new-generation weapons in his annual state-of-the-nation address in March 2018, saying it could travel at up to 20 times the speed of sound like a “meteorite” or a “fireball.”

The new weapon has gone into service amid heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of a landmark 1987 treaty banning deployment of short- and medium-range missiles, accusing Russia of being in breach of its terms. The Kremlin, which withdrew from the pact in response, denied the allegation.

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WNU Editor: The Kremlin is using this new hypersonic nuclear missile to get Washington back to the negotiating table. But considering what is happening in Washington today .... the 2020 elections and impeachment .... I do not think it is a priority right now for the White house.

1 comment:

Jac said...

Hyper-sonic missile are a big advantage, yes. But do they change the deterrent? I strongly doubt.