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President Donald Trump has said the US will pull out of a nuclear treaty with Russia because Moscow has violated the agreement.
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty helps protect the security of the US and its allies in Europe and the Far East.
en.wikipedia.org... source . seems it mostly covers missiles and whatnot that are not exactly in nato or us arsenals but may be in russian ones these days
In October 2018, the United States Ambassador to NATO said that, if they cannot get Russia to withdraw missiles perceived to be in violation of the treaty, the United States "would then be looking at a capability to take out" such a missile. Russian position Russia publicly considered US drones to be a violation of the treaty.
Russia possesses an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review confirmed. The weapon, referred to in the document as an “AUV,” or autonomous underwater vehicle, is featured in a chart that lays out Russia's multiple nuclear delivery vehicles.
originally posted by: generik
makes a lot of sense. after all why follow and have a treaty that the other side is violating?
originally posted by: ausername
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
He never ceases to amaze.
Obviously he's colluding with the Russians again.
kind of why we want to expand the boomer fleet and increase the accuracy of our own weapons
Ever since the 1960s, America's fields of intercontinental ballistic missiles have promised mutually assured destruction to anyone who nuked the United States or its allies. ICBMS wait in silos that are spaced far apart to increase the number of Russian warheads needed to target them. But that’s 1960s thinking. These silos don't move, but weapons have become more precise, a fact that changes the number of warheads needed to hit them. “Leaps in weapons accuracy have diminished the value of hardening,” says one 2018 paper published by the American Physical Society. “Given a hypothetical target set of 200 hardened missile silos, a 1985-era U.S. ICBM strike — with two warheads assigned per target — would have been expected to leave 42 surviving silos. A comparable strike in 2018 could destroy every hardened silo.” These numbers are talking about American weapons, but Russia now uses the same satellite and guidance systems. Putin turns to his new wonder weapon to hit the U.S. nuclear silos before they get orders to launch. There are 25 silos in Russia, each holding what NATO calls the Satan-2 ICBM. The rockets leap out of the silos and drop stages of empty fuel tanks behind them, carrying their payloads toward space. The faring opens and the cargo of each missile is revealed. A YU-74 hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, armed with five nuclear warheads, is a careening to a suborbital altitude atop each ICBM. They separate, and each becomes an independent threat, able to steer its way to a target from unexpected directions.