Skip to comments.Russia to develop new heavy ICBM by 2020
Posted on 12/20/2010 9:24:38 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Russia's state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on Monday.
The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile.
"This matter is beyond the Defense Ministry's competence. It is a matter of state importance," he said.
"Heavy ICBM" refers to a class of missiles with a heavy throw weight between five and nine metric tons and a length of over 35 meters, capable of delivering a large number of warheads in a single MIRV missile.
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Must going to be used against the incoming Earth-ending astroid..../s =.=
I do not know how they are going to accomplish this.The Russians are about 30 years behind the United States in military technology.Problems in the industry include a high level of debt, inflation and lack of qualified personnel. In 2008, it was reported that only 36% of strategic defense enterprises are solvent, while 23% are on the verge of bankruptcy.Many skilled workers are nearing retirement age or have gone to other countries.
I wonder if it will be the size of the Titan II or the SS-18 Satan?
It could be bigger than the SS-18 which has 10 warheads
The bigger the missile,the more MIRVs you can put on it. Maybe they want to overwhelm any air defense we are developing or have developed.
but WE are being pressured to sing up for more reductions in ICBMs...
and the Russians have plans to modernize theirs?
Not only are the politicans bankrupting the country, they are going to create WWIII because the cant’ learn from the past.
only MAD (mutually assured destruction) works....but for North Korea, and Iran, they don’t care....we need to neuter them NOW
I thought MIRVs were destabilizing, which is why the U.S. scrapped MX.
A bigger payload provides more room for decoys and other countermeasures. No one has ever seen any Soviet ballistic missile countermeasures deployed, they test them (if they have them) well inside of their national borders. The Bulava has inherent countermeasures, it is not ballistic, the warhead manoveurs post-separation, making a much harder target to track, especially in a cloud of countermeasures.
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The Russians are spending their money needlessly - Obama will destroy America for them.
This new missile would be massive and the thrust on this missile must be huge too. When the Soviet Union were designing their 100 megaton bomb, they developed the Proton rocket.It was hugely oversized for an ICBM, and was never deployed in such a capacity.
You are correct. The biggest problem with our current ABM system that they have never been tested when taking countermeasures into account.I have never read anywhere in the missile forums that they have tested a GBI ot AEGIS with a missile with countermeasures. The USAF is supposed to do a live fire exercise with countermeasures in the mix but it is constantly being rescueduled.