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In his State of the Union address Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a wide array of new missiles that cannot be tracked by anti-missile systems.
Putin also said that, if attacked, Russia was ready to use nuclear weapons.
He said, “We’ve done a lot to strengthen our army and navy and they are equipped with modern weaponry.”
He reportedly showed the audience a video of how one of the prototype missiles would work, explaining that the new system would have no limitation on range.
“It can attack any target, through the North or South Pole, it is a powerful weapon (which) no missile defense system will be able to withstand” the president said.
Putin also said Russia had developed a nuclear warhead that can be deployed on a cruise missile system that can also “avoid all interceptors.”
He said the country had tested this missile in 2017 and that Russia would start manufacturing it now
“Russia’s strategic missile forces will have a new system capable of destroying intercontinental targets with hypersonic speed and high-precision, able to maneuver both in terms of its course and altitude.
There are no systems like that in the world”, he announced.
He expanded that Russia had adopted 300 new models of weaponry with 18 new ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), two submarine-based ballistic missiles.
Putin continued that Russia had developed these new weapons in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty and “eastward NATO expansion”
“Russia’s growing military power is…” to preserve the balance of powers in the world” not to attack anybody.
He said Russia was also developing new underwater drones that could carry nuclear warheads which he described as “unmanned, noiseless submarines that move at ultra-deep levels and at high speed”.
“There is no defense system that can cope with such subsurface vehicles”, he proudly proclaimed.
March 18 is the Russian presidential election, which Putin is expected to win comfortably – especially with the display of all this military muscle – albeit it could lead to a deadly arms race.