- Putin announced a brand new generation of nuclear weapons to add to Russia’s arsenal.
- He said they can’t be intercepted.
- The Russian president said they would render NATO’s US-led missile defence “useless.”
Russia has tested a new generation of nuclear weapons that can’t be intercepted and are capable of hitting the US, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
The Russian president accompanied his announcement with a computer-generated video which showed the missiles arcing towards the US on a map of the world.
The animations were displayed behind Putin when he made his two-hour-long address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow.
This graphic, from Putin’s presentation, appears to show two missile trajectories from Russia to the US. Sky News broadcast the video in the West.
This graphic also shows an ICBM payload in space.
Alec Luhn, The Telegraph’s Russia correspondent, also tweeted images of the video, comparing it to “a computer game from the 1990s.”
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According to Putin, the cruise missile was tested last fall, has a “practically unlimited” range, and is immune to any missile defence.
The new weapons also include a nuclear-powered cruise missile and a nuclear-powered underwater drone, also immune to enemy intercept.
The high-speed, unmanned, underwater drone can carry a nuclear warhead, and can hit both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities, Putin said.
Here’s how it would supposedly look:
It appears to confirm the existence of a long-feared Russian “doomsday” weapon that could carry nuclear weapons across oceans at high speeds.
US President Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review, published in January, suggested that the US had been aware of it.
In his address, Putin added that Russia also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, with a range and number of warheads exceeding its predecessor.
The new weapons would render NATO’s US-led missile defence “useless,” and is a testament to the international community’s failure to contain Russia’s military development, the Associated Press reported Putin as saying.
He said: “I want to tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: All what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened. You have failed to contain Russia.”