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“A Defense Ministry report has been submitted to the president and the order has been given to develop a preliminary design of a rail-mounted missile system,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakaev said.
IMO the Russians will back China in a power play. China is close to such a play.
reply to post by HardCorps
That's was cutting edge mobility during the American Civil War. It's even easier to take out the rails now.
reply to post by mbkennel
It's still confined to the railways. Broken rails would limit mobility. Both sides already have mobile launchers which are not confined to the railways. Soon, game players will probably be announcing they are capable of bombing the world into oblivion from orbit.
Here is a Russian mobile launcher, which would prove much more useful for warfare. It has significantly greater mobility. The only advantage that their rail version has over the 9k720, is that trains are usually more energy efficient.
9k720 Iskander Mobile Launcher
I see this as the Russians recycling their expired rail launched nuclear warheads into rail launched conventional warheads. That's the main point I pulled from the article. All that happened is that the nuke material has passed its shelf life, and they came up with something to do with their already existing rail based delivery hardware. If the delivery system was really all that awesome, then they would have replaced the expired nuke material with fresh nuke material. Instead, they downgraded their system to conventional warheads.edit on 18-12-2013 by tamusan because: to fix link
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.
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.
The new missiles will be half the weight of their decommissioned Soviet analogues, allowing them to fit into one railcar, the official added.