Putin announces a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can elude shields. The Russian president proclaims the military superiority of his country and warns of the creation of “invulnerable weapons” during the state speech of the nation.
Reinforcement of the war capacity, the putting into operation of new weapons without parallel in the world and the proclamation of the military superiority of Russia have been the main subjects of the speech that the president Vladimir Putin pronounced on Thursday before the Federal Assembly (the parliament bicameral formed by the State Duma and the Council of the Federation).
Putin made a presentation of the new Russian weaponry that in many cases he described as “invulnerable” and which, he said, constitutes Moscow’s response to the US decision to abandon the 1972 ABM ballistic missile treaty. USSR and the United States was considered the cornerstone of the mutual containment system.
Putin reiterated that the US global missile defense is a threat to his country, which combined with the strategic arms reduction treaty of 2010 (also bilateral between Russia and the US), devalues Russia’s nuclear potential.
Putin’s speech was presented as “speech on the state of the nation”, but did not respect the provisions of the Russian Constitution, according to which the appointment of the president with the parliament is annual. In 2017, Putin, unlike all the years of his presidency, did not deliver the corresponding speech, which has been delayed until in fact becoming a major electoral rally.
The 65-year-old Russian leader has been at the head of the state since 2000 and hopes to revalidate himself in his post (formally for the fourth time) for another six years in the March 18 elections.
A New Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
The delay of the annual meeting was not due to the difficulty in agreeing on a policy of economic and social reforms among all the forces that support the Russian leader, as sources close to the Kremlin had claimed. Because of its emphasis on defense and arms issues (more than 45 minutes of the nearly two-hour speech), the delay seems to be due to the desire to mobilize citizens by reverting to the issue of Russia’s defense to a world outside that is presented as hostile.
In its social and economic part, the presidential speech was a string of investment figures and objectives, but not an explanation of how to achieve them. Putin did not address unpopular issues such as the foreseeable increase in taxes or retirement age and did not mention corruption, the development of civil society, the problems of the justice system and the relations between the center and the provinces.
He did mention the demographic problems and the need to encourage the emigration of young and healthy people.
For the appointment with the president, for the first time the Manezhe was chosen, the old imperial stables, which replaced the dependencies of the Kremlin. Three huge video screens were installed in the Manezhe, where economic graphics were projected and, by order of Putin, up to six videos were passed, consisting of infographics on the new Russian weapons in action, several missiles that sailed the seas or crossed the skies, path of the enemy territory (in the West or around NATO) by sophisticated routes that mocked the defenses of the adversary.
Among the new weapons, he mentioned those that do not use ballistic trajectories when heading towards their target, such as cruise missiles that can reach “anywhere in the world.” It is, he said, a weapon that flies at low altitude, is difficult to detect and carries a nuclear charge with a “practically unlimited range and unpredictable trajectory that can circumvent the interception lines and that is invulnerable to all existing systems and future missile defense and anti-aircraft defense. “
These missiles were tested at the end of 2017, Putin said, according to which “nobody in the world has anything similar today. At some point, it will surely appear, but by then our kids will have thought of something else. “
Putin also mentioned a long-range missile launched by submarines and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and an intercontinental missile called Sarmat that replaces the Soviet-made Voevoda and has a “virtually unlimited” range and can attack targets both across the North Pole and the Pole.
South and for which “no anti-missile system is an obstacle”. He also referred to the Kinzhal missile complex, which he said is already installed in the southern military district (area that includes the Black Sea) since early December.
This hypersonic and precision system is launched from airplanes, is capable of maneuvering in all sections of its trajectory, exceeds the speed of sound ten times and has a range of more than two hundred kilometers.
Putin also spoke of the Avangard missile complex for intercontinental flights in dense layers of the atmosphere and the laser-based weapons with which, he said, Russian troops have already begun to be supplied. Without giving details, the head of state said that on this issue Russia is one step ahead in relation to other States.
After the United States repeatedly refused to remain in the anti-missile treaty, Russia worked to create new strategic weapons systems, said the Russian president, who accused Westerners of having come to think that Moscow could not secure its strategic potential and that it was not worth “taking into account the opinion of Russia” since they could achieve unilateral supremacy and then “dictate their conditions in all other fields”.
“We work with intensity” which allowed us to take “a big step to create new models of strategic weapons”. “It is surprising that despite all the problems we encountered (…), Russia is still a great nuclear power and nobody wanted to talk to us and nobody wanted to listen to us. Listen to us now, “he announced with emphasis. His words were followed by a great ovation by the audience gathered at the Manezhe.
“Operation Syria showed the growing possibilities of the Russian Armed Forces,” said Putin, who used one of the victims of that war to assert the moral supremacy of his country against the West. “The technique, the weapons, even the most modern, sooner or later appear in other armies of the world.
This does not worry us at all, because we have them and they will be even better. The main thing is something else, that they will never have people and officers like our aviator, Major Roman Filipov. This Russian officer was killed in Syria when he was carrying out a mission on one of the waste areas controlled by Turkey. Filipov successfully catapulted himself but took his own life before falling prisoner. “
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