RUSSIA TOUTS SECRET WEAPONS: MISSILE TRAINS AND SUB-LAUNCHED SLEEPER-ROBOTS AS "GHOST SUBS"
"Relying on train-mounted nuclear missiles is a viable option for the Kremlin if it engages in a shooting war with America, according to Lieutenant
General Sergei Karakayev, adding that such platform "proved their effectiveness in the Soviet period".
"Karakayev said that Russia's nuclear deployment strategy actually involves three platforms - the nuclear-bearing trains, it truck counterparts and
the conventional underground silos... The Kremlin values truck and train missile launchers for their mobility and stealth features that buy more time
to deliver their package before detection by the enemy. The missile trains, however, provide more punch as they can cover more grounds in shorter
"The flagship of the Yasen-class submarines, the K-329 Severodvinsk, will be equipped with robots that on release will remain silent and get activated
from the sub's command centre. "It will give the submarine time to leave the area, with the drone staying in place to maintain a semblance that the
submarine is still there," the report said, somehow giving the Russians the capability to deploy ghost submarines."
RUSSIAN NUCLEAR MISSILE TRAINS TO REAPPEAR
"The Soviets first deployed missile trains in 1987, and by the fall of communism four years later, 56 missiles criss-crossed the country by train. But
years of underfunding for the military meant that by 2005 all had been decommissioned.
"The trains' revival comes as Moscow pursues a huge rearmament program that will see Russia's entire arsenal of missiles upgraded by the end of the
decade. Karakayev said last year that Russia was being forced to consider reintroducing missile trains by the U.S. Prompt Global Strike program,
which is developing hypersonic missiles capable of fast, high precision strikes anywhere on the globe.
"A key part of nuclear war planning is nuclear forces' ability to survive an opponent's first strike. Missile trains would increase the survivability
of Russia's nuclear arsenal by complicating enemy efforts to locate its missiles by moving them quickly and constantly around the country.
ROBOTS AND DRONES TO BOOST RUSSIA'S 5TH GEN NUCLEAR SUB'S ARSENAL
“We’re talking about battle robots which can be released by the submarine, and a type of underwater drone,” he explained. According to the
designer, the robots would be disposable or returnable of military, surveillance or communications purpose.
“They’ll be released by the submarine and stay offline before being remotely activated on command. It will give the submarine time to leave the
area, with the drone staying in place to maintain a semblance that the submarine is still there,” he said.
"Severodvinsk is the flagship of the Yasen-class submarines, which will become the backbone of the Russian Navy’s conventional submarine force. In
addition to 533mm torpedoes, Yasen-class submarines can fire cruise missiles from its eight vertical launching systems. They can also carry Onyx and
Kalibr supersonic anti-ship missiles.
"The subs have a submerged displacement of 13,800 tons and can travel up to 30 knots (56 kmh) under water. The crew totals some 64 sailors, including
32 officers, proof of the highly-automated level of its functions."
(NOTE: I'm certainly no weapons expert, but Russia's "retro secret weapons" sound like something the U.S. could figure out how to counter in very
short order. And rumbling nuclear weapons around on a train sound like a disaster-waiting-to-happen, in terms of "accidental domestic detonation."
Not to mention an easily-located target for armed drones, since satellite surveillance could quickly find these trains, which would be going in a set
direction on set tracks and couldn't quickly change direction.)
Should we be worried? Or not?
edit on 18-12-2014 by MKMoniker because: content