The planned November 28 tests of The Bulava ballistic missile have been scrapped, and will be moved on to a later date. The Yury Dolgoruky “Borei” Project 955 Class nuclear submarine, the first Russian submarine built since the collapse of the Soviet Union, was slated to launch a salvo of Bulava missiles, but unfavorable weather conditions forced the Russian military to postpone these tests.
Developed in the late 1990’s, the RSM-56 Bulava is a missile similar to the land-based Topol-M, and is designed to arm Russia’s latest ballistic missile submarine, the Borei Class. The project initially ran into a series of failures during test launches, but the last few tests have gone smoothly and the Russian military insists on continuing the project rather than re-designing the Borei Class submarines to use the older R-29RMU Sineva ballistic missiles, which are already in use on Delta-4 submarines. This would have been the 18th test launch of the missile, and the 4th for this year alone. The Bulava is the most expensive Russian military project today.
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During the 1970’s, the Soviets began experimenting with thermobaric weapons, which use fuels that combust upon contact with oxygen. These weapons are capable of producing huge explosions (compared to ordinary explosives) and thus very effective. As a result of numerous testing, the Soviets came up with the RPO Shmel (Bumblebee) and the TOS-1 Buratino (Pinocchio) While the RPO is a hand-held disposable missile launcher, the TOS-1 is a multiple-missile launch system with 24 barrels based on the T-72 chassis.
The TOS-1 is able to devastate enemies in the open field, inside fortifications, and inside lightly armored vehicles such as APC’s. The TOS-1’s 220mm missiles use propyl-nitrate and light magnesium as fuel. Compared to the BM-30 Smerch MRLS, the TOS-1 is less accurate and has a lower range, but is much more powerful, with the effects of an entire salvo of missiles covering up to 2-3 km2, making it the most powerful missile artillery system in the world. First used in Afghanistan in 1989, The TOS-1 proved a major success and was later used again during the campaign in Chechnya. In 2001, an upgraded version was introduced, dubbed the TOS-1A, which had an improved range of 6 km.
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The Kornet-D is a missile complex capable of engaging both vehicles and slow-moving aircraft at distances of up to 10 km. The system works in all weather conditions, even in low visibility conditions. Simplicity and effectiveness are the main factors that separate the Kornet-D from missiles of similar class. Installed inside the GAZ Tigr ground mobility vehicle and hidden from view before and after firing, this system is impossible to detect when it is concealed inside the vehicle.
The system can be armed in just 5-7 seconds and all controls are fully automatic. With penetration figures totaling around 1300mm of homogenous steel, the Kornet-D can defeat the armor of any modern MBT currently fielded anywhere in the world, including the likes of the American M-1 Abrams, Israeli Merkava MK4, and the British Challenger-2. The Kornet-D can be operated via remote control from a distance of up to 50 meters, in situations where the crew decide that it is unsafe to remain inside the vehicle. The Kornet-D complex was first showcased to the public during the popular Russian aviation show Maks 2011.
The Pak-Fa T-50 is Russia’s 5th generation fighter prototype, designed to compete with other 5th generation aircraft such as the American F-22 and F-35 and the Chinese J-20. This aircraft is designed to replace legacy Russian fighters such as the Mig-29 and Su-27. Although little is known about this aircraft at this time, it is apparent that the T-50 will be stealthy, have the ability to super-cruise, and will carry the latest Russian air-to-air and air-to-surface weaponry in internal bays. Pictured is the 3rd prototype: this is the first prototype to have a radar installed.
Specifications (most of the information here is unconfirmed, and subject to change at any time):
Length: 69.5 ft
Wingspan: 46.5 ft
Height: 19.8 ft
Weight (empty): 185oo kg
Weight (loaded): 26000 kg
Combat load: 7500 kg
Max speed: 1560 mph
Armament: 2 internal weapons bays reported, one or two 30 mm automatic cannons, possibly the GSh-30-1.
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