It’s my first time posting on Linkyou, so Hello World! There was an interesting revelation made about a day ago, I am a bit late, to be honest, but no matter, not many outlets are actually citing the reasons why President Putin decided to make such an announcement in his annual address to the Russian nation.
President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin has said that:
“[…] Now, on to the most important defence issue. […]
Back in 2000, the US announced its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. […]
Together with the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the ABM Treaty not only created an atmosphere of trust but also prevented either party from recklessly using nuclear weapons, which would have endangered humankind, because the limited number of ballistic missile defence systems made the potential aggressor vulnerable to a response strike.
We did our best to dissuade the Americans from withdrawing from the treaty. All in vain. […] We proposed working together in this area to ease concerns and maintain the atmosphere of trust. […] All our proposals, absolutely all of them, were rejected. […]
Despite our numerous protests and pleas, the American machine has been set into motion, the conveyer belt is moving forward. There are new missile defence systems installed in Alaska and California; as a result of NATO’s expansion to the east, two new missile defence areas were created in Western Europe: one has already been created in Romania, while the deployment of the system in Poland is now almost complete. Their range will keep increasing; new launching areas are to be created in Japan and South Korea. The US global missile defence system also includes five cruisers and 30 destroyers, which, as far as we know, have been deployed to regions in close proximity to Russia’s borders. I am not exaggerating in the least; and this work proceeds apace.
So, what have we done, apart from protesting and warning? How will Russia respond to this challenge? This is how.
During all these years since the unilateral US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, we have been working intensively on advanced equipment and arms, which allowed us to make a breakthrough in developing new models of strategic weapons. […]
Sarmat will replace the Voevoda system made in the USSR. Its immense power was universally recognized. Our foreign colleagues even gave it a fairly threatening name.
That said, the capabilities of the Sarmat missile are much higher. Weighing over 200 tonnes, it has a short boost phase, which makes it more difficult to intercept for missile defence systems. The range of the new heavy missile, the number and power of its combat blocs is bigger than Voevoda’s. Sarmat will be equipped with a broad range of powerful nuclear warheads, including hypersonic, and the most modern means of evading missile defence. The high degree of protection of missile launchers and significant energy capabilities the system offers will make it possible to use it in any conditions.
[…] Sarmat has practically no range restrictions. […] We started to develop new types of strategic arms that do not use ballistic trajectories at all when moving toward a target and, therefore, missile defence systems are useless against them, absolutely pointless. […] You can see how the missile bypasses interceptors. As the range is unlimited, the missile can manoeuvre for as long as necessary. […]
In December 2017, an innovative nuclear power unit for this unmanned underwater vehicle completed a test cycle that lasted many years. The nuclear power unit is unique for its small size while offering an amazing power-weight ratio. It is a hundred times smaller than the units that power modern submarines, but is still more powerful and can switch into combat mode, that is to say, reach maximum capacity, 200 times faster. […]
Countries with high research potential and advanced technology are known to be actively developing so-called hypersonic weapons. […] One Mach is equal to 1,062 kilometres per hour at an altitude of 11 kilometres. The speed of sound is Mach 1, speeds between Mach 1 and Mach 5 is called supersonic, and hypersonic is above Mach 5. […] Its tests have been successfully completed, and, moreover, on December 1 of last year, these systems began their trial service at the airfields of the Southern Military District.
The unique flight characteristics of the high-speed carrier aircraft allow the missile to be delivered to the point of discharge within minutes. The missile flying at a hypersonic speed, 10 times faster than the speed of sound, can also manoeuvre at all phases of its flight trajectory, which also allows it to overcome all existing and, I think, prospective anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence systems, delivering nuclear and conventional warheads in a range of over 2,000 kilometres. We called this system Kinzhal (Dagger).
[…] we will make the necessary efforts to neutralise the threats posed by the deployment of the US global missile defence system. We mentioned this during talks, and even said it publicly. […] Unlike existing types of combat equipment, this system is capable of intercontinental flight at supersonic speeds in excess of Mach 20.
[…] The use of new composite materials has made it possible to enable the gliding cruise bloc to make a long-distance guided flight practically in conditions of plasma formation. It flies to its target like a meteorite, like a ball of fire. The temperature on its surface reaches 1,600–2,000 degrees Celsius but the cruise bloc is reliably guided. […]
As I have already said, all future military products are based on remarkable advances that can, should and will be used in high-technology civilian sectors.
I hope that everything that was said today would make any potential aggressor think twice […]” – full transcipt of the speech
So, 3 main weapon systems were announced:
– Sarmat – 200-tonne nuclear ballistic missile
– a remotely maneuverable submarine capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons
– Kinzhal missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads at speeds of Mach 20
Conclusively if these statements are true, it looks like Elon Musk’s Space X has a technological disadvantage, but that’s another matter entirely.
I, myself find it quite fascinating that media organizations couldn’t find the transcript of this speech and they even failed to report on this new development properly.
So, why was this announcement made? Because March is the best month to Start a War according to the Pentagon and NATO.