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Russian Strategic Weapon Modernization Plans

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Thought I read somewhere they're swapping out the P-700s on the Oscars for 48 Oniks. Imagine what one Oscar with 48 nuclear-armed Oniks parked off Virginia could do in about 5 minutes.
I thought it was 3 Oniks per P-700?
 

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It's indeed 72. And in case of nuke land attack one should look at 3M-14, not at P-800. Slowed indeed, but proper CM with thousands km range and stuff.
 

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Not Putin said, but was said to Putin by second rank captain during visit to ship. And not "will carry" but "may potentially carry in the future"
 

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Sarmat to receive hypersonic RVs> not really a news? Avangard is already sceluded to be fielded in this December.
 

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Thank you for this Christmas present.

But I would like to add that reading both articles they said the Zircon is medium range. Just urging readers here to go look at the articles and dismiss Dmitry's twitter statement for saying intermediate. Because ballistic missile wise there is a major difference between speeds and ranges of IRBMs and MRBMs(which I believe apply to scramjets as well.).

And I currently cant find good sources, unless someone has sources of the size of the VLS being used to launch Kalibr, but the longest range version of the kalibr is 8.9 meters, and I am assuming the diameter is .53333 meters unless anyone has better sources. But this sort of ball parks the size of the Zircon missile based on the longer kalibr missile.. And I am glad to know there is a new HGV. Again thanks a lot.
 

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So if they ever use this intercontinental hypersonic weapon, would it not be confused with a ICBM and start WWIII????

Couldn't we in theory turn our minutemen missiles into intercontinental hypersonic weapons with glide vehicles instead of nuke warheads? Why afterall scrap some 500 perfectly good missiles?
 

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It’s not so much its speed as ICBMs travel at hypersonic speeds anyway but rather the manoeuvrability in the terminal phase of flight?

That along with lower altitudes limiting radar horizon or more difficulty for satellites to track it, until LEO infrared satellite projects come later.
 

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So if they ever use this intercontinental hypersonic weapon, would it not be confused with a ICBM and start WWIII????

Since it's not conventional but a strategic nuclear weapon, WWIII is precisely what Avangard is intended to be used for. There would be no confusion, if it is ever launched in anger, starting WWIII is either part of the plan or has happened already and is likely what prompted the launch in the first place.
 

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