Russia: Stealth a Joke, Now Missile Defense Too

Formidable Sarmat: Satan’s successor that can pierce any defense

Editor’s note:  As Trump takes the gloves off and scraps existing missile treaties, Russia is putting into service a heavy missile capable to carrying up to 20 warheads with far higher accuracy and reliability than anything the US has in the pipeline.

No existing or planned missile defense system will be able to deal with this threat or the things the media never talks about, the stealth long range and hypersonic cruise missiles launched from fishing trawlers and from inside shipping containers.

Worse still, a totalitarian US playing “mad bomber” around the world has created a climate where seeing the United States burned to ashes is now on the top of everyone’s Christmas list but those of us who still live here.

Keep up the good work Mr. Trump!

Tass and SouthFront: The Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau just recently published the first image of the newest heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat (also known under NATO’s reporting name SS-X-30). It is to replace its predecessor, the R36M2 Voyevoda (or NATO reporting name – the SS-18 Satan). According to a TASS source, the SS-X-30 is to be authorized for service at the end of 2018.

The SS-X-30 is to undergo pop-up tests by the end of 2016. Its flight testing is due no earlier than the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The missile’s parameters remain a state secret, so its features can be discussed only on the basis of open sources and the opinions of military specialists.

 

Satan’s worthy successor

The SS-X-30 is a heavy inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) being developed by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau. According to some estimates, the missile will have a liftoff mass of 100 tonnes, including a ten-tonne payload. It is to replace the world’s most powerful strategic missile, the Voyevoda (211 tonnes, including a payload of 8.8 tonnes). Its NATO reporting name is the SS-18 Satan.

The Soviet Union once had 308 SS-18s. Their manufacturer – Yuzhmash – is located in the city of Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. The first Soviet-US Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-1) materialized largely because Washington was under the strongest impression of the missile’s capabilities, in particular, its multiple warhead consisting of ten independently targetable re-entry vehicles each having a yield of 750 kilotonnesViktor LitovkinTASS military analyst

After the Soviet Union’s breakup, the plant in Dnepropetrovsk halted the production of SS-18s. Under START-1 terms, Russia scrapped 154 missiles. Those still on duty were to be withdrawn from operation after the expiration of their life cycles.

According to open sources, 46 silo-launched missiles of that class remain on duty. The SS-X-30 missiles are to take their place, for which the silos will have to be upgraded.

Invisible to missile defense

In contrast to its predecessor (the SS-18) the SS-X-30 will boast far smaller liftoff mass and a greater range of flight.

Whereas the SS-18’s range of operation was 11,000 kilometers, the SS-X-30 will be able to hit targets as far as 17,000 kilometers away and, as its designers promise, to approach the targets along flight paths crossing the South Pole, from where they are least-expected and where no missile shields are being createdViktor LitovkinTASS military analyst

Each SS-X-30 will carry not 10 nuclear warheads, but no fewer than 15, located in the missile’s forwardmost section. These independently targetable 150-300-kilotonne re-entry vehicles, arranged in a grape cluster-like fashion, will be able to separate from the cluster one by one when the pre-loaded program issues the order to attack the selected target.

The re-entry vehicle will be flying towards the target at hypersonic speeds (of Mach 17). The flight path’s altitude and direction will be changing all the time, thus making the weapon immune to any missile defenses – current or future one, even those relying on space-based elements. “For the SS-X-30 it makes no difference if there is a missile defense or if there is none. It will slip through unnoticed,” missile specialists sayViktor LitovkinTASS military analyst

Mass media have already mentioned the hypersonic re-entry vehicles’ name – Yu-71. Their accuracy is reportedly a hundred times greater than that of the SS-18 warheads.

This allows for arming the SS-X-30 missiles with kinetic energy warheads that destroy strategic enemy targets with a mechanical impact without a nuclear explosion. Using lower yield warheads is another alternativeViktor LitovkinTASS military analyst

Russia launches Satan missile ©Zvezda TV channel

Whereas each of the SS-18’s MIRVs had a yield of 750 kilotonnes and the circular error probable (CEP) was not very important, because the explosion would raze everything to the ground within a range of dozens of kilometers, the SS-X-30’s high accuracy warheads boast a far better CEP, so the predecessor’s heavy yield will be no longer necessary.

Litovkin believes that a 150-300 kilotonne blast will be enough to cope with any task. The lower the yield and mass of each MIRV, then the more of these that can be loaded into the missile’s front section.

Strategic parity

Commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Force, Colonel-General Sergey Karakayev, says “the contribution of the stationary group of heavy ICBMs (SS-18 or SS-X-30) in contrast to that of a stationary group of light ICBMs (Topol-M or Yars) will be four times greater by all parameters that are used to gauge the likely combat effectiveness of the Strategic Missile Force.”

How many SS-X-30 missiles will go operational in Russia is unknown, but as Litovkin says, it is easy to guess.

SS-18s will vacate at least 154 silos (another 154 were destroyed in controlled explosions under START-1 terms). Although not all of the silos will be re-equipped to accommodate the new missile, they will have to fit in with the parameters of START-3, which allows Russia and the United States to have 700 operational delivery vehicles armed with a total of 1,550 warheads by February 5, 2018

Viktor LitovkinTASS military analyst

Each SS-X-30 is to carry 15 warheads. According to open sources, Russia at the moment has 521 operational delivery vehicles and 1,735 warheads (and the United States, 741 and 1,481 accordingly).

START-3 may be prolonged after its expiration in 2021 by mutual agreement for another five years. If that happens, says Litovkin, Russia will have fewer SS-X-30s than SS-18s. Alongside the SS-X-30s, Russia has at its disposal other delivery vehicles (both ground- and sea-launched) and strategic bombers. All are on the START-3 list.

 

What function is the SS-X-30 expected to perform?

TASS military analyst Viktor Litovkin believes the SS-X-30, just as the Strategic Missile Force, is crucial to deterring a likely aggressor and also to replacing the SS-18, which by the time START-3 expires, will have come to the end of the its guaranteed life cycle.

On the other hand, says Major-General Vladimir Dvorkin, Chief Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) the solid propellant mobile strategic missiles Topol-M, Yars and Rubezh and, in the longer term, the strategic missile carrying trains Barguzin would be quite enough for deterrence.

In contrast to the SS-18, the SS-X-30 missile is an easy target for the enemy’s first strike. Russia will never be the first to launch a nuclear missile attack, although such an opportunity is reserved in the country’s military doctrineVladimir DvorkinDr. Sc. (Tech), Major-General, ret.

The former chief of the Strategic Missile Force Staff, and current adviser to the missile force commander, Viktor Yesin, agrees with Dvorkin, but only partially.

We have no intention of being the first to deliver a nuclear strike. The SS-X-30 is a weapon of retaliation. We will be able to launch them while enemy missiles are still on the way. We are building Voronezh-class missile attack warning radars along the borders capable of identifying any approaching missiles. Hypothetical enemies are aware of that. The SS-X-30 will guarantee our securityViktor YesinColonel General, adviser to the Strategic Missile Force commander

 

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9 Responses to "Russia: Stealth a Joke, Now Missile Defense Too"

  1. roger  April 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    However good any system could be, countermeasures are seldom or never disclosed which, by the way have been developed since the 50s by both superpowers.

  2. Trakkath  April 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Let´s hope and pray that they were never used or we will all end up as space junk.

  3. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  April 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    On the bright side, one probably unintended result of Trump’s insane stupid stuff is to motivate global military & geopolitical leaders toward greater sanity in their words & deeds — a stark contrast to Trump.

  4. joetv  April 30, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Many articles that describe Russia’s newest weapon platforms are posted here. Never do we read of advanced US systems. This raises questions as to the veracity of the information, and the motive for publishing it. Neither Russia or the US are goverened by stupid people. So, what’s really going on?

    • Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  April 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Joe: Elsewhere, you can find many articles & videos on advanced U.S. systems. For the most part, VT doesn’t publish that “My dick is bigger than your dick” stuff.

      However, VT does publish Russian & other military stuff (with some unique intel content), because most U.S. decision makers are not exposed to it. In addition, informed decision makers make better decisions.

      Whether or not the U.S. is governed by a stupid person whose decisions & decision making processes verge on insanity is still an open question — but we are getting more & more evidence every day. ;-).

    • Khalid Talaat  April 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Joetv… if one night you are drawing some money from an ATM and you are surprised by 4 guys demanding your money. You take a step back and you uncover your under arm holster with a big hog leg im it. Do you think, at that moment, you will need to draw rhe hog leg? I think this is what Russia is doing. Upsetting the Neocons’ math.

    • Nexus789  April 30, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      You mean systems like the JSF, Zumwalt destroyer, the newest carrier, etc. There are pages and pages on these systems. A lot of what passes for US technological advancement appears to be no more than flashy PR material spewed from the defense contractors which is then used to drum up funding/budget allocation. US defence technology is largely driven by funding allocations and less by an understanding of the global technology landscape. The same mindset that has hollowed out US national ‘competitiveness’ feeds into defence – Google innovation will be a disaster. The US continues to fund the creation of large assets of dubious value while the Russians and Chinese practice asymmetry and apply advanced technologies accordingly. There are numerous examples of the disconnect.

    • haroldsmith  May 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

      “Neither Russia or the US are goverened (sic) by stupid people.”

      LOL! Not quite. Chumpster and his coterie of Jews and establishment warmongers are obviously stupid, or their “foreign policy” would be something other than the global equivalent of “suicide by cop”.

    • reinhart  May 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      To haroldsmith – the declarations attributed to MaCretain -“Russia is just a gas station surrounded by
      few shepherds” “Russia really doesn’t make anything [why do you complain about Russian rocket engines
      RD-180 purchased even by the US Army Mr. Macain] – so what you see on their parades are cardboard
      contraptions” – confirms your statement! Believe that similar wisdom was conveyed by the Polish
      Generals to Polish hussars, with the order to attack German Panzers at the onset of W.W.2, yes, the
      hussars slowed German onslaught when amazed German crewmen, opened the hatchets to take pictures
      of valiant hussars trying with their lances to disable, well, real tanks. Is the US. political leadership
      making the same mistake now?

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