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America, keep in mind: Russian bombers can become invincible weapons (The National Interest, USA)


The modern fleet of strategic bombers, including the new versions of the Tu-160М2 Blackjack, gives the Kremlin the opportunity to deliver a more powerful blow.

At the moment, in case of need to strike a long-range strike, Russia will pin all hopes on submarines equipped with Caliber missiles. However, the appearance of the X-101 long-range bombers and the X-102 missiles with nuclear warheads on board provided the Kremlin with more sophisticated weapons. In addition, it allows Russia, which is accustomed to counting exclusively on nuclear weapons, to slightly change its views.

“The Tu-160 and Tu-95MS are undergoing planned modernization,” Colonel-General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff, said on November 7. Airplanes are equipped with more powerful engines. All equipment on board has been improved. "

The modernization of Russian bombers means that there are many other aircraft that can carry cruise missiles on board. “As a result, the number of missile-carrying aircraft increased 11 times; the share of modern strategic bombers is now equal to 75.7%, which is 53 percent more than before, ”said Valery Gerasimov.

Improved aircraft will allow post-Soviet Russia to abandon the dominant role of nuclear weapons. “The forces of non-nuclear deterrence are now the most important. “Over the past five years, the armed forces have made a breakthrough in the field of high-precision long-range weapons,” Gerasimov added. “Long-range aircraft can now carry X-101 cruise missiles.”

In a sense, a turning point has come for Russia.

“We have“ Calibers ”and X-101 rockets with a huge 4500 range of a kilometer,” commented Vasily Kashin, senior researcher at the Center for European and International Studies at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).

"The combination of the X-101 and the strategic bomber makes it possible to strike at any point on the globe, albeit slowly."

Thus, Russian bombers will be able to supplement and even replace the Kremlin submarines as the main long-range weapon. “To some extent, this is a replacement the fleet"Said Kashin.

“Tu-160М2 airplanes will be able to deliver a huge simultaneous rocket attack at any point. I think this is why this project is actively funded. ”

At the same time, Russia continues to invest in the development of hypersonic weapons, which will also allow Moscow to reduce the importance of nuclear weapons.

“Thanks to the developments in the field of designing precision and hypersonic weapons, the main role in strategic deterrence will be given to non-nuclear weapons,” Gerasimov said.

Russia has also achieved success in the development of hypersonic anti-ship zircon missiles. In the short term, the future of a non-nuclear strategic long range still remains vague.

According to Kashin, “it’s too early to talk about non-nuclear hypersonic strategic weapons.”
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  1. Grandfather
    Grandfather 23 November 2017 06: 25
    Thus, Russian bombers will be able to complement and even replace the Kremlin submarines as the main long-range weapon. “To some extent, this is a replacement for the fleet,” said Kashin.
    Either Kashin is not competent, or the Americans again penned. Never fork, replace a spoon.
    1. avia12005
      avia12005 23 November 2017 07: 49
      But the spoon often replaces the fork ... fellow
    2. Chertt
      Chertt 23 November 2017 12: 36
      In my opinion, gentlemen, there is nothing to argue about. Moscow Region always uses the term "Nuclear Triad" And what is the most important component (if one can determine it at all), let your favorite "Western partners" hurt
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 23 November 2017 06: 44
    Russian bombers will be able to complement and even substitute Kremlin submarines as the main weapon

    Something the specialist "let the rooster". Although natural
    at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) Vasily Kashin.
    Therefore, you can even understand the expression "Kremlin submarines." No one has canceled the nuclear triad and is not going to cancel it. The submarine fleet carries out its tasks, its strategic aviation.
  3. Winnie76
    Winnie76 23 November 2017 09: 14
    Dave Amanita and Google translator - this is a hell of a mixture that can replace strategic aviation with the X-101/102 and the submarine fleet with their maces and blues.
  4. Magic archer
    Magic archer 23 November 2017 09: 47
    When will you stop posting this Majumar ?! He’s inadequate !!!! Almost every week these articles of his vysery are published! And all the information that can be gathered there is only that everything is lost, the Russians are ahead of all and blah blah blah! Return the cons! Personally, I would have slapped everyone for such reprints! angry
  5. NEXUS
    NEXUS 23 November 2017 10: 01
    I look Manzhumar regularly catches up fear on the mattress inhabitant, fearing him with Russian Clubs and Swans.
    But still, even in this nonsense of the American mare, there is one truth ... Russia has been introducing innovative developments in the defense industry for 3,5 years. That is, about 3,5 years pass from development to a production model. For mattresses, this figure is 7-8 years old.
    It can boast of such indicators as the Russian Federation can only boast of South Korea in the civilian sphere - 2,7-3,5 years.
    1. Chertt
      Chertt 23 November 2017 12: 49
      You bring interesting data. I do not presume to dispute them, but based on those military projects which, more or less in the public domain, there are completely different figures
      Quote: NEXUS
      That is, from development to a production sample, approximately 3,5 years pass.

      From the development of a drawing sample? or from the adoption of the finished prototype by the State Commission?
  6. FID
    FID 23 November 2017 11: 02
    Well, CANNOT X-101 (102) fit into the bomb bay (into the drum) of the Tu-160 ... Thomas unbelievers, or "urapatrioty", can compare the parameters of the missiles ... Why yell! Nevpihivaemaya nepihivaemaya ...
    1. BLOND
      BLOND 23 November 2017 13: 47
      Quote: SSI
      Well, CANNOT X-101 (102) fit into the bomb bay (into the drum) of the Tu-160 ... Thomas unbelievers, or "urapatrioty", can compare the parameters of the missiles ... Why yell! Nevpihivaemaya nepihivaemaya ...

      Again stamps .. "urapatrioty" colorado. When you hang on other labels immediately and voice your category!
      About x 101, the difference between them and X 55 is small in length and the dimensions of the GO on the Tu-160 allow. Yes, and the ICB "Rainbow" the drum and missiles will be able to fit each other and under the aircraft
      And interesting info (sorry WIKI)
      The Kh-101 missiles were repeatedly used during the Russian military operation in Syria, which became their first combat use

      They write 48 products from Tu 160 and 8 from Tu 95 ...
      1. FID
        FID 23 November 2017 14: 38
        I apologize if it hurt you, it’s just that I’ve been on the site for a long time and "cheers, we are now ...." got to the liver! The diameter of the 101st by 20 cm is approximately greater than the 55th, in the drum there are 6 ... plus fasteners ... 0,5 m, excuse me, where to get it from? And you can write anything, paper (monitor) will endure everything ...
        1. BLOND
          BLOND 23 November 2017 15: 28
          I'm sorry, maybe I was too harsh too.
          Look, I found

          Replacing MKU (drum) is not a problem. I think no more than 100 people / hours.
          1. FID
            FID 23 November 2017 15: 49
            It's not the drum, but the bomb bay ... See how the bomb bay is "densely" loaded? And in the text - the Tu-160 needs modernization of the aircraft - it is necessary to redo the bomb bay ... Apparently, the new drum was only on ONE plane, they did not continue to experiment ...
  7. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 23 November 2017 13: 27
    Russian bombers can become an invincible weapon

    They may or may not. Something he was frightened by some, this Mazhumdar. For free, that is Dave. request
  8. Tolik_74
    Tolik_74 23 November 2017 13: 43
    Now the second part of the brain will swell in Baidan and other Russophobia
  9. BAI
    BAI 23 November 2017 14: 19
    As a result, the number of missile carriers increased 11 times

    This phrase is scary. So, before that, these aircraft could literally be counted on the fingers of one hand (two hands would definitely suffice).
  10. Sergei1982
    Sergei1982 23 November 2017 17: 26
    Quote: SSI
    Apparently, the new drum only on ONE plane, they did not experiment further ...
    Sorry dear, I understand that the Tu-160 is your element, but you are wrong, the network has video launches of the X-101 and planes that reset the x-101 have different names (you know that all Tu-160 have names).
    1. BLOND
      BLOND 24 November 2017 05: 52
      On November 17, 2015, the first combat use of X-101 missiles in Syria took place, carrier aircraft - Tu-160.

      "Can" Tu 160M (passed the Modernization-complex improvements)
      48 ed from Tu 160 was launched (I do not think that one side
  11. Naughty
    Naughty 26 November 2017 11: 49
    May or may not become Pontus already tired of these Russian people ride on the ears
  12. iouris
    iouris 29 November 2017 01: 13
    About nothing. "Pure" dirty propaganda.