Vladimir Putin Speech and Russia's most recent nuclear powered missile

Jan 2014
1,738
Portugal
#1
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...weapons-will-make-us-missile-defense-useless/

So, some days ago, Rússia anounced a new tecnological inovative weapon, a nuclear powered missile.
Various articles were made about the projects of having nuclear power planes, drones or missiles, but until now it was all sci fi.
Various analysts say that this weapon is not real..

My questions are:
Do you people think such weapon exists?
Do you think its a revolutionary tecnology?
What are the implications in terms of geostrategy?

Thank you.
 

Belgarion

Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
6,709
Australia
#2
New weapons systems are always hyped up by their designers and/or governments as the best thing since sliced bread. The proof is in the ability to operate as claimed, often a very different thing.
 
Jul 2009
9,944
#3
It is unlikely that Russia has either the technology or the infrastructure to support these "invincible weapons." Their best doomsday weapon is social media.

Putin is getting more into himself with each passing year - not unusual for an ageing, bare chested macho man. Beside that, he is (ahem) "running for president." It is important to make it look to the outside like campaigning matters - what with election tampering and all.
 

GogLais

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Sep 2013
5,448
Wirral
#4
It is unlikely that Russia has either the technology or the infrastructure to support these "invincible weapons." Their best doomsday weapon is social media.

Putin is getting more into himself with each passing year - not unusual for an ageing, bare chested macho man. Beside that, he is (ahem) "running for president." It is important to make it look to the outside like campaigning matters - what with election tampering and all.
He does seem to enjoy waving his nuclear willie about.
 
Dec 2010
1,992
Oregon
#5
Apparently the Pentagon has 'confirmed' that such a missile is being tested by Russia, and one crashed in the arctic, or possibly blew up in mid-flight. That would explain reports of a mystery radiation cloud a few months ago. I used quote marks because the Pentagon - or at least some VIPs in it - also confirmed Iraq's WMDs. Perhaps a modern-day General Turgidson wants new funding to close the nuclear-powered cruise missile gap.

The U.S. had a similar project almost 60 years ago, called Project Pluto.

As for new technology, we're talking materials and mechanisms that have to survive hellish conditions next to an unshielded mini-reactor, for months at a time, all of which is cloaked sufficiently to avoid detection by countless sensors on or near the surface, or in orbit. Sounds next to impossible, but then so did the SR-71. If the Russians have a Clarence Kelly Johnson heading their project...
 
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Jun 2012
7,407
Malaysia
#6
As a matter of fact, Russia has been investing a helluva a lot of resources in cruise missile tech. This is not something that hv come completely out of the blue. Including their new 'invincible' 20-Mach cruise missile. While US has been focusing theirs on state-of-the-art fighter jets.

Just about a dozen years or so back, during the tenure of GW Bush, at the height of US-Russia tensions over a proposed missile defence station in Ukraine-Poland region (purportedly for the purpose of shielding Western Europe from the threat of 'an Iranian missile attack'), Sergei Lavrov was already saying, or more like promising, that if the missile defence project proceeded, then Russia would be building new weapons that would penetrate that proposed anti-missile defence 'like it is tissue paper'.

Well, that US anti-missile project was eventually scrapped. But the Russian superweapon is now here anyway. That 20-Mach supermissile is it.

Leave alone their hypersonic gun, and their underwater umnanned craft that can travel faster than a torpedo or submarine.
 
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Oct 2013
4,574
Canada
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All we really need is a bomb capable of obliterating this entire planet in one detonation. Then whoever made it can truly claim he is the strongest country in the world. No argument and no room for interpretation.
 

sparky

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
4,793
Sydney
#9
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the weapons mentioned were

- The Sarmat ICBM
that's a massive ICBM mirved and is the mainstay of Russia dissuasion ,
this is a developed and accepted system being deployed now

- the air launched Kinzhal
tested and accepted , it's a short strategic (or long tactical) weapon launched from a mig-31

-Status-6 Kanyon
an undersea drone torpedoes nuclear tipped , it's been tested , development state unknown

-Avanguard/Vangard hypersonic glide vehicle
this type has been tested by the US , china and Russia , not accepted as yet still being developed

- a new Laser , for anti aircraft anti missile duty
that a bit of a dark horse , there has been plenty of projects status unknown

the speech was for the folk home ,
there is an election after all and Putin two main opponents are the hyper nationalists and the reforged communist party
( forget the Navalny circus , he rank around 3% of the vote and is only a Western media darling )

beside the chest pumping , one could suspect the old judo trick of defeating one's opponent by using his momentum to trip him
the American weapon manufacturers , the Pentagon brass and their faithful congressmen will howl for more defense spending to develop incredibly expensive toys
thus sinking the US budget deeper in debt .

Winning is not fighting , winning is when your opponent has to throw the towel
 

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