New Russian Bomber to Be Able to Launch Nuclear Attacks From Outer Space

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Artist concept of a T-4MS Project 200 perspective aircraft and deep modification of the soviet Sukhoi T-4 high-speed reconnaissance, anti-ship and strategic bomber.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy is developing a hypersonic strategic bomber capable of striking with nuclear warheads from outer space, Lt. Col. Aleksei Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

A trial model of¬†Russia’s nuclear-capable outer space strategic bomber will be developed by¬†2020, according to¬†its developer.

T-50 strike aircraft at the MAKS-2013 Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky

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Russian commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), Colonel General Sergei Karakayev, had earlier reported that the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy has already developed and tested an engine for the experimental aircraft.The engine is expected to be showcased at the Army-2016 International Military Technology Forum, which is set to take place on September 6-11 in the Moscow Region.



‚ÄúThe idea is that the bomber will take off¬†from a normal home airfield to¬†patrol Russian airspace. Upon command it will ascend into¬†outer space, strike a target with¬†nuclear warheads and then return to¬†its home base,‚ÄĚ Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti.

He added that the jet will be very capable and will need only one-two hours to reach any place on Earth through outer space.

‚ÄúWe are cooperating with¬†Russia‚Äôs Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute on¬†the design of¬†an airframe and the aircraft’s characteristics. I think that its lift-off mass must be 20-25 metric tons for¬†it to¬†be a strike aircraft. It will [be able to¬†accelerate to] hypersonic speed in¬†rocket mode,” he added.

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