Skip to comments.Putin flexes muscle in big test of Russia's nuclear arsenal
Posted on 10/20/2012 10:10:26 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache
President Vladimir Putin took a leading role in the latest tests of Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal, the most comprehensive since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
The exercises, held mostly on Friday, featured prominently in news reports on state television which seemed aimed to show Russians and the world that Putin is the hands-on chief of a resurgent power.
Tests involving command systems and all three components of the nuclear "triad" - land and sea-launched long-range nuclear missiles and strategic bombers - were conducted "under the personal leadership of Vladimir Putin", the Kremlin said.
An RS-12M Topol Intercontinental Ballistic Missile was launched from the Plesetsk site in northern Russia, and a submarine test-launched another ICBM from the Sea of Okhotsk, the Defence Ministry said.
Long-range Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers fired four guided missiles that hit their targets on a testing range in the northwestern Komi region, it said.
"Exercises of the strategic nuclear forces were conducted on such a scale for the first time in the modern history of Russia," the Kremlin statement said.
"Vladimir Putin gave a high evaluation to the combat units and crews and the work of the Armed Forces General Staff, which fulfilled the tasks before them and affirmed the reliability and effectiveness of Russia's nuclear forces."
The exercises included tests of communications systems and "new algorithms" for command and control, it said.
Russia says it is modernizing a nuclear arsenal that was largely created during the Cold War and will continue to use nuclear weapons as a key deterrent.
In the 2010 New START treaty, Russia and the United States set lower numerical ceilings on the weapons tested in the exercise.
support at home.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Win or lose, after the election, barky will have “more flexibility” in gutting the US nuclear arsenal.
Someone should take that picture on the front of Drudge and photoshop that missile coming out of Putin’s pants.
Putin has the Marxist’s number. 1-800-WEAKZERO.
Vote him out!
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Not unexpected out of the man who regarded the worst tragedy of the twentieth century to be the collapse of the USSR. (Not WWII or any real tragedy such as that.)
Nobody would want to conquer Russia now. It’s not worth conquering, it is a trashed land.
Always a good reminder of the depths BHO sinks to ...
President Obama CAUGHT! Assures Medvedev of flexibility Nuclear missile defense after election
Mar 26, 2012
video run length = 00:00:33 seconds
(from Wikipedia:) In 2009 and 2010, the administration of Barack Obama declared policies that would invalidate the Bush-era policy for use of nuclear weapons and its motions to develop new ones. First, in a prominent 2009 speech, U.S. president Barack Obama outlined a goal of "a world without nuclear weapons". To that goal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new START treaty on April 8, 2010 to reduce the number of active nuclear weapons from 2,200 to 1,550. That same week Obama also revised U.S. policy on the use of nuclear weapons in a Nuclear Posture Review required of all presidents, declaring for the 1st time that the U.S. would not use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear, NPT-compliant states. The policy also renounces development of any new nuclear weapons.
Since this treaty was made, BHO announced in 2012 that he wants to further reduce the number of U.S. nuclear warheads to 500.
Comrade obama has 65 surrender days till Christmas.
“Let’s get flexible, flexible
Let’s get animal, animal,
I wanna get animal, let’s get into animal
Let me hear your body talk,
Your body talk, let me hear your body talk”
Is Putin married????????????
Is Putin married?....Yes. His wife stated in a magazine article he was a vampire, not a nice person to be around.
“Since this treaty was made, BHO announced in 2012 that he wants to further reduce the number of U.S. nuclear warheads to 500.”
Obama is racing us to “nuclear parity” with China and apparently has forgotten (or doesn’t understand) that safety/stability lies in redundancy across the triad of land- sea- and air-based missiles. It’s far easier to imagine a crippling first strike against a force of 500 warheads than 5,000 especially when you consider that many of these are on mutliple-warhead weapons, thereby further reducing the actual number of targets that need to be hit. Soviet ABM capabilities continue to improve, making it plausible to imagine them thinking they could intercept any residual missiles not destroyed in a first strike. Their confidence in such a scenario by definition must be much greater when we only have 500 warheads than when we had ten times that number.
In Russian, “Reset” means “Launch”.
The economy of Russia is the ninth largest economy in the world by nominal value and the sixth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Russian economy is today considered by IMF and World Bank a developing one. Russia has an abundance of natural gas, oil, coal, and precious metals. Russia has undergone significant changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union, moving from a centrally planned economy to a more market-based and globally integrated economy. Economic reforms in the 1990s privatized many sectors of the industry and agriculture, with notable exceptions in the energy and defense-related sectors. Nonetheless, the rapid privatization process, including a much criticized “loans-for-shares” scheme that turned over major state-owned firms to politically connected “oligarchs”, has left equity ownership highly concentrated. As of 2011, Russia’s capital, Moscow, now has the highest billionaire population of any city in the world.
In late 2008 and early 2009, Russia experienced the first recession after 10 years of experiencing a rising economy, until the stable growth resumed in late 2009 and 2010. Despite the deep but brief recession, the economy has not been as seriously affected by the global financial crisis, largely because of the integration of short-term macroeconomic policies that helped the economy survive.
In 2011 Russias gross domestic product grew by 4.2 percent, the worlds third highest growth rate among leading economies. The government expects it to grow 3.7 percent in 2012. “Following a 4.2 percent growth in 2011, we think the slowdown will lead to GDP growth of about 3.5 percent for the full year,” S&P Chief Economist for Europe Jean-Michel Six said in a statement. Russian GDP growth for the first half of 2012 was 4.4%. It slowed at 4% in the month of August.
The Clinton/Obama foreign policy on security is the same as their domestic policy - strength through disarmament. Taking the guns out of the hands of the good guys only leaves the bad guys armed, but they cannot comprehend that. These elites really think they’ll be spared at the conquest. They need to check their history.
The goal isn’t stability. It’s undoing the “imperialism” of the Pax Americana.
A Russian launch order will take out major cities in the U.S. populated by liberals. This may sound cruel but if the rooskies take out all the blue states then we can form a new (conservative) government, beat the crap out of them and the world will be right once again. I don’t see a down side since another civil war is inevitable one of these days anyway. The major problem is the nuclear devastation and I live in a REAL blue state - but I don’t see anyone wanting to hit the Atlantic City or Cumberland County area.
I’d put a sarc tag on this but I find some truth here.
Meanwhile, Obama and his thugs, as well as his shills online, wants the US to disarm.
Thanks My Favorite Headache.
He is KGB.
That is a face that a prisoner anywhere in the Gulag might have seen on any given nightly interrogation. Typical.
It is a commie face for certain. How much blood of his countrymen is on his hands, I wonder?
Another harbinger of Ezekiel 38 along with Iran’s fake “talks” ... just buying time until ...
Concise and robust. DrC, you have put into text what so many of us think. Well done. My only "nit to pick" is that I would not be as charitable in stating that BHO has "forgotten or doesn't understand." I think he is deliberatly placing us in harm's way with malice and forethought.
Let there be no doubt, the Obamanation is here to cause the Desolation, Weakening and Destruction of America.
He’s a Manchurian Candidate empowered by blind fools.
Serious corruption issues, you have to bribe someone to fart. Of course Zero is working on catching up...
Oh, they can comprehend it. They understand it. Look, the Democratic Party has been the Manchurian Party since 1988, only nobody has figured it out yet.
These guys, Slick and Barky, will do the damage .... and then evacuate at the 11th hour to cushy digs in China and the Umma respectively.
They'll fly, and millions will die. I think that's their Plan B at least. Plan A is to fleet up to World Government and become founder-tyrants of the World Despotate.
You mean, so far?
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The USSR is the very *last* country on earth where a sane person would want oil to be found.But find it they did.
Remember that these numbers have to be substantially discounted from the reality of the USSR. Since the breakup Mother Russia has just half the population (175M vs 350M ) as it had before. Putin himself has said Russians would be crazy to want the runaways back. And don’t forget they are now surrounded by those same runaways who have a lot of axes to grind with Putin et al. Bottom line is they went broke building weapons when they were twice the country and they still can’t keep a nuclear submarine running reliably. Remember awhile back when they fired up the old Bear bombers and flew a couple sorties towards Alaska? They used all the fuel they had and parked ‘em. Every time they shoot their mouth off with a big show it’s followed by great, quiet, humility. And by the way, Obamuzzie has to go thru the House to do any serious weapons cutting so I think he’s limited to whining, bitching, and otherwise weeing in the White Hut for the next few months after which we are going to steam clean the place.
Barack Obama admits US has ‘more nuclear weapons than we need’
President Barack Obama admitted on Monday that America has “more nuclear weapons than we need” and pledged to seek another far-reaching disarmament agreement with Russia.
Since when does Obama need congress for anything?
And remember - if he is re-elected, “he will have more flexibility”.
In closing, I think its undeniably true that Russia will face significant economic and military challenges because of demographic pressures: finding a way to keep the military functional with smaller numbers of young men and finding ways to pay pensions with smaller numbers of workers will be difficult in even the rosiest interpretation. However these pressures are not necessarily as overwhelming, or as irresolvable, as they are often made out to be. If Russia continues to make progress in reducing mortality and if not increasing fertility then at least preventing it from declining, it will likely be able to maintain its current population. This will not allow the Kremlin to send hordes of tanks careening over the plains of Europe, but it will prevent Russia from suffering a catastrophic decline in power and influence (a prediction which is heard with increasing frequency among serious analyst of foreign policy).
I am laboring under the impression that 1 of the Achilles Heels of our nuclear warheads is maintenance, i.e., re-supply of the tritium components which have a half-life of 12 years. If memory serves me correctly, the only production facility of tritium in the U.S. is the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina. I've been concerned for 3 years that BHO will sabotage our nukes by going through the "back door" and gutting the SRS budget. Anybody out there have any info on this?
Nobody would want to conquer Russia now. Its not worth conquering, it is a trashed land.................................................. The surface may be trashed but natural resources are still plentiful. Who needs oil and minerals more than the Russians?? Think about it. Who has the largest border in the world and only 140 Million people to defend it?
Well, it was always an issue and they still made every nose sticked there to grab something bleeded.
Maintenance of our hardware all the way around is critical but I haven’t seen any examples of Obamuzzie getting in the way of long-range-planned projects that pre-date his term. He does have a dumbass running the Dept.of Energy so they could figure out a way to slow spending but we would have heard of that. To the point here I notice that the Navy is proceeding on schedule with the new wharf at Bangor that will be used to update sub launched ICBM’s out of the weather and sight. It’s a big money project and would certainly have been a cutting target if a fleet cutback was in the works. And by the way -—one of Romney’s planks is to boost Navy ship production from 9/year to 12/year, some of which will be subs. It all has to keep Putin feeling kind of underpriveleged.
Talking about a face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96KitT_5zqM