OUR N E W   W E B   S I T E   "WORLD AIR FORCE NEWS"
 
  
 
 

WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY


 
  HOME > Space Technology News >

Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM – Source

Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM – Source

Russia will restart production of railway-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), with prototypes to be deployed by 2020, a senior Russian defense industry official said on Wednesday.

Work has already begun on the prototypes, which will utilize exclusively domestically-made components, the official told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.

The new missiles will be half the weight of their decommissioned Soviet analogues, allowing them to fit into one railcar, the official added.

The Soviet military deployed its first missile train in 1987, and had 12 of them by 1991. But by 2005 they had all been destroyed under the START II arms reduction treaty with the United States.

However, the treaty’s 2010 replacement, New START, does not prohibit the development of railway-based ICBMs.

The original railway-based system involved SS-24 Scalpel missiles that weighed 104 tons, required three locomotives to move, and were so heavy that they damaged railroad tracks. It was thought that missiles launched from the moving trains were harder to track than stationary launches.

However, prominent Russian military expert Alexander Konovalov said that this apparent return to the cumbersome Soviet technology, even in revamped form, was a “bad idea.”

The return to missile trains is an apparent response to US plans to position elements of its missile defense system in Eastern Europe, said Konovalov, the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessment, a Moscow-based private think-tank.

Russia has claimed the US missile shield will affect its launches, but Konovalov said that the threat is exaggerated. He added that the missile trains were outdated technology.

“We’re better off developing telecoms systems, unmanned drones and precision weapons, not these monsters,” Konovalov told RIA Novosti, speaking about the missile trains.


Source: MOSCOW, RIA Novosti News - 26 December 2012

Photo: Russia to Bring Back Railroad-Based ICBM (Photo by RIA Novosti - Courtesy of SMF (RVSN) press service)


(26.12.2012)


 
  CONTINENTAL NEWS:

American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News


• International Space Station’s orbit to be raised by 600 meters

(17.1.2018)
According to preliminary calculated data, the maneuver will increase the medium height of the ISS’s flight orbit by 600 meters to 404.4 km...>>

• Admiral Vladimirsky oceanographic vessel reaches Indian Ocean

(16.1.2018)
The voyage is part of the second UNESCO-supported international expedition to the Indian Ocean....>>

• Are Aliens Plentiful, But We're Just Missing Them?

(14.1.2018)
A little over 80 years ago, humanity first began broadcasting radio and television signals with enough power that they should leave Earth's atmosphere and progress deep into inters...>>

• NASA's TESS Telescope Should Spot Many 'Star Wars'-Like 'Tatooines'

(13.1.2018)
NASA’s next extrasolar planet-hunting mission should detect dozens of circumbinary, Tatooine-like systems, in which a real-life planet circles two stars instead of one, say astrono...>>

• If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad

(12.1.2018)
Here’s an interplanetary botany discovery that took college students and not NASA scientists to find: Hops — the flowers used to add a pleasant bitterness to beer — grow well in Ma...>>

• Pentagon Awards Multimillion Contract to Boost Military Satellite Communication

(27.6.2017)
The US Department of Defense said that the United States has awarded LinQuest Corporation a more than $32-million contract for systems engineering and integration support services ...>>

• Is NASA on the Verge of Announcing They’ve Found Aliens?

(26.6.2017)
A video posted online by an entity claiming affiliation with the amorphous hacktivist collective Anonymous claims the US’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration is on the ve...>>

 



       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,