6 Mart 2012 Salı
New Nuclear Notebook: Russian Nuclear Forces 2012
Russia is planning to retire more than two-thirds of its current arsenal of nuclear land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles by the early 2020a. That includes some of the most iconic examples of the Soviet threat against the United States: SS-18 Satan, SS-19 Stiletto, and the world’s first road-mobile ICBM, the SS-25.
The plan coincides with the implementation of the New START treaty but significantly exceeds the reductions required by the treaty.
During the same period, Russia plans to deploy significant numbers of new missiles, but the production will not be sufficient to offset the retirement of old missiles. As a result, the size of Russia’s ICBM force is likely to decline over the next decade – with or without a new nuclear arms control treaty.
This and much more is described in our latest Nuclear Notebook published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.