Russia to boost nuclear arsenal with 40 missiles in 2015. Yahoo News: President Vladimir Putin says Russia will add more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal in 2015.
Speaking at an arms fair, Mr Putin said the weapons would be able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems.
Russia to boost nuclear arsenal with 40 missiles in 2015
Amidst the rising tensions with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin has placed a renewed emphasis upon his country’s nuclear arsenal.
This is in part a reflection of Russia’s continuing conventional military weakness. Moscow is in the midst of a significant modernisation of its strategic nuclear weapons with new ballistic missiles being deployed, more modern bombers, and new submarines being launched.
Over recent years older, obsolete weapons have been withdrawn from service, so the size of Russia’s overall arsenal has been shrinking.
However this decline could soon come to an end, raising all sorts of questions for other nuclear powers.
What most alarms the West is the renewed emphasis in Russian rhetoric on nuclear rather than conventional forces.
Threats to deploy short-range nuclear weapons in the Crimea have been accompanied by veiled warnings of nuclear targeting against Nato members who might host ballistic missile defences.