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News reports have also said Russia is believed to be developing a next-generation heavy nuclear missile that could carry up to 10 nuclear warheads weighing a total of 4.4 tons, compared with the Topol-M's 1.32-ton combat payload.
Topol-Ms have been deployed in silos since 1998. The missiles have a range of about 6,000 miles and reportedly can maneuver in ways that are difficult to detect.
Earlier this year, a senior Defense Ministry official was quoted as telling news agencies that Russia had developed a weapon that could make the United States' proposed missile-defense system useless. Details were not given, but military analysts said the claimed new weapon could be a hypersonic cruise missile or maneuverable ballistic missile warheads.
Originally posted by Gazrok
I'd like to see it outmaneuver a beam of light....
Missiles (anyone's) would be detected almost immediately after being launched
so there's little point in having it "maneuverable". While it may aid against the older missile-based system, it won't do much against the HEL system of SDI (assuming they exist of course... )