View Full Version : Russia can never surrender its nukes,Pravda
04-13-2009, 05:45 AM
This past week, following the G20 conference and with a North Korean missile launch as a back ground, the American president Obama made an impassioned plea for the world to be free of nuclear weapons. In his words, America must lead the way: As a nuclear power as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon the United States has a moral responsibility to act". He planned on doing this through a series of measures such as the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He also proposed gathering up all vulnerable nuclear material,...
04-13-2009, 05:47 AM
Russia missile arsenal 80 percent new by 2016: General
MOSCOW: New rockets will by 2016 account for at least 80 percent of the strategic missile forces in Russia as it replaces its Soviet-era arsenal with new nuclear-capable missiles, the military said Friday.
"Plans for the development of the Russian strategic rocket forces through 2016 foresee a decrease in quantity and a transformation in quality at the same time," Nikolai Solovstov, the commander of Russia's strategic missile forces, told reporters.
"Rocket systems with an extended shelf life will account for roughly 20 percent, while new rocket systems for at least 80 percent of the forces," said Colonel-General Solovtsov, quoted by the Russian news agencies.
In December, he announced that Russia would by 2020 replace its Soviet-era arsenal with new nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles capable of overcoming anti-missile defence measures by enemy states.The costly overhaul of the missile forces comes as Russia is locked in a bitter dispute with the US over its plans to install anti-missile defence facilities in central Europe.
Russia has urged Barack Obama to drop the plans, which were devised by his predecessor George W. Bush but the new US president has said he would move forward with the missile defence shield.Russia is working hard to upgrade its ageing missile forces and has repeatedly tested new missiles in recent months amid the controversy over the missile shield.
Solovtsov said Russia planned to conduct 14 launches of intercontinental ballistic rockets this year.Russia's missile arsenal still contains Soviet-era war horses like the Stiletto, the Voevoda and the Topol but the military has been seeking to phase in newer weapons.
04-13-2009, 10:03 AM
And people wonder why we need a missile shield??? :rolleyes:
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