According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the Russian Federation consistently and steadily continues to prepare an asymmetrical effective response to the deployment of elements of the American Euro missile defense system, about which Dmitry Medvedev (President of Russia) warned at the end of November. And although in the ultimatum of the head of the Russian Federation, there was no talk of a missile strategic complex, but Moscow is very actively working on this issue. And in order to avoid accusations in the next nuclear arms race, she does this without loud statements, and "quietly."
It is known that at the end of December a salvo launch of a strategic Bulava type naval missile from a submerged position, as well as a Stiletto strategic missile with a new warhead, was made. In addition, it was reported on the putting on duty (combat) 2-th regiment of the Yars-type soil missile complex.
This year, the last underwater volley launch of two R-30 Bulava missiles (NATO classification RSM-56, SS-NS-30), made from a strategic submarine missile cruiser Borey (project 955), Yuri Dolgoruky took place on December 23. Dmitry Medvedev (President of the Russian Federation) last Tuesday at a reception in the Kremlin before the high command fleet and the army solemnly declared that the Bulava test program had been very successful, and that it was now planned to be adopted.
Presumably, in the very near future, the Bulava will become the basis of the strategic naval nuclear forces of the Russian Federation. In addition, for this rocket, have already begun the construction of submarines. And, allegedly, the Yuriy Dolgorukiy missile cruiser is planning to deploy about 12 mines with Bulava missiles. And on the second cruiser (serial) of this project (No. 955А), “Alexander Nevsky”, which is planned to be included in the Navy no earlier than 2012, the 16 of the mentioned missiles will be installed. In addition, the Bulava missiles in quantities of 20 units are supposed to be placed on each of the following ships of the same series: St. Nicholas, Vladimir Monomakh, and, accordingly, another 4 SSBNs that are going to be introduced before 2020. in build.
It is worth noting that of the 18 launches, Bulava recognized only 11 as successful. Unsuccessful tests were the reason for the lack of confidence in the readiness of missiles. And yet, four successive launches of this year in a row have been able to influence the decision of the command to complete the seven-year trials.
Answer number 2 - 2-th regiment "Yars"
As noted by NG, referring to the statement last Wednesday that the military did, it can be called another important response (undeclared) to the American European missile defense system, which was the deployment in the Teikov Rocket Division (Ivanovo Region) to the combat duty of the second regiment of the strategic ground missile system, type PC-24 "Yars". Let us clarify that in early March, the first regiment took over combat duty. The number of launchers in the regiment is not reported, however, according to media reports, now, after the appearance of the second regiment in the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN), there are about 12 launch systems of the PC-24 type.
Lieutenant-General Sergei Karakaev (commander of the Strategic Missile Forces) announced in mid-December that over the course of 10 years, rearmament of troops was planned at the expense of Yarsov and Topol-M, and in addition the most powerful intercontinental missile would go into service. By the way, the military claim that not a single existing missile defense system is capable of intercepting Yars. In addition, the command announced intentions to supply the Yars to the Kozelsk division of the Strategic Missile Forces in place of the strategic obsolete PC-18 (UR-100НУТХ) type Stiletto missiles (according to the western classification SS-19). Also a little earlier it was said that the PC-24 will be replaced by the outdated PC-20 “Voevoda” (Р-36М) and PC-18 (УР-100Н УТТХ).
At the same time, obsolete rocket complexes are not in a hurry to remove from combat duty. Recently (the end of December) a test launch was made from the Baikonur test site UR-100NUTTH, which had new head equipment. According to NG, it was a test (non-advertised) of the head split-off part of individual targeting, which is set on Yars and Bulava.
It is worth noting that Dmitry Medvedev (President of the Russian Federation) 23 of November said that due to the fact that the Americans refuse to provide legal guarantees about nondirection of missile defense against Russia, Moscow will take retaliatory measures, among which the President called the launch of the Voronezh-MD radar station »In the Kaliningrad region, covering air defense systems and missile defense systems of nuclear facilities of strategic forces, as well as deploying Iskander missile attack systems on the southern and western borders of the state.
Some time later, the Ministry of Defense reported on the work done in this direction. In the presence of D. Medvedev in the last days of November, the Voronezh-MD radar was commissioned. And on December 1, the rocket and space troops, which were created by the personal order of the head of state, took up combat duty.