After the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), the first exchange of data on the nuclear arsenals of the two countries took place between Russia and the United States. This is stated in the message of the American State Department.
Russia and the United States have updated data on strategic forces. The last exchange of information between Moscow and Washington took place last year and reflected data on the number of strategic delivery vehicles and nuclear warheads as of September 1, 2020.
According to new data, Russia has increased the number of nuclear warheads and their carriers, while the United States, on the contrary, has reduced it. As follows from the report, during the reporting period, Russia increased the number of nuclear warheads by nine, bringing their total number to 1456 (in September last year it was 1447).
The United States has reduced the number of nuclear warheads by 100, bringing their number to 1357; in September 2020, the report indicated 1457 warheads.
During the same period, Russia put into operation three carriers of nuclear weapons, indicating the number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and heavy bombers - 517, up from 510 last September.
The United States showed a 24-unit reduction in nuclear weapons carriers, listing 651 carriers (September 2020 - 675).
In addition, Russia increased the number of deployed and non-deployed launchers by three, indicating their number equal to 767. In turn, the United States noted that their number of launchers has not changed compared to the previous reporting period and remained the same - 800 pieces.
According to the START-3 treaty, Russia and the United States must provide new data on nuclear arsenals every six months.