Putin Announces That Russia Will Add 40 New ICBMs to its Strategic Nuclear Force in 2015

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Speaking at the Tuesday, June 16 opening of the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2015 in the newly-created military-patriotic recreation park in Kubinka, Moscow Region, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that forty new advanced ICBMs will be added to Russia’s strategic nuclear arsenal in 2015.“This year, our nuclear forces are going to get more than 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating all existing, even the most advanced missile defenses.”, he said. He further elaborated that “The state would persist in paying specific attention to realization of a massive military rearmament program and modernization of the defense industry”.

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Vladimir Putin opening the IMTF ARMY-2015 Exposition [Photo:RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf]

This announcement comes in the context of significant Russian weapons systems development including but not limited to: next-generation Yak-130 fighter aircraft, T-14 (Armata) tanks, 40 new navy ships, microwave guns and advanced over-the-horizon radar systems. Putin further claimed that the new strategic missiles were capable of overcoming even the most advanced anti-missile defense systems. The arms buildup comes at a time of increased Russia/NATO tensions over the Ukraine and increasingly expansive Russian naval maneuvers and air force flights in the Baltic area.

According to the official Russian viewpoint, the strategic buildup was made in response to a US move to station troops, armor, missiles, munitions and air assets (including F-22s) in Poland and at least one of Baltic States. Deputy Defense Minister, Anatoly Antonov, was quoted in Russia Today to the effect that the Russian Federation was responding to actions of NATO. “It looks like our colleagues from NATO member states are pushing us into an arms race.” he said.

Independent critics have raised the strategic counterpoint that active encirclement only increases friction and emergent Russian logic for a more aggressive defense posture, by violating the historical international security doctrine of buffer states.

For a comparison of Russian and US Nuclear Forces, see: http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/17/4587

18 thoughts on “Putin Announces That Russia Will Add 40 New ICBMs to its Strategic Nuclear Force in 2015”

  1. Testing, as I am *definitely* having trouble now in posting comments to this site, and am not sure why.

  2. Don’t know either bemused2. You are in good standing and should be able to post without incident or moderation.

  3. Obviously, you got through …

    Would you care to share your analysis of the current geostrategic situation?

  4. Wolf,
    Actually I would — for some reason, several posts I made last night and this evening, failed for reasons unknown to me. I’ve been going through my settings on several different browsers to try and figure out what’s changed or gone wrong.

    Re: the latest Putin moves, it will be interesting to see the results of his ongoing meetings with Greece, since Greece is having trouble within the EU:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11521401/Alexis-Tsipras-meets-Vladimir-Putin-Live.html

  5. Interesting… Warm water ports , extension of sphere of influence to the SE flank of Europe , control of the approaches to the Bosporus and Agean Sea, possible naval bases , political ramifications for NATO, etc.

    Now, that’s geostrategic….

  6. Putin knows that he can do just about anything he wants as long as Omaba is in office. Why shouldn’t he take advantage of diminished U.S. influence?

    Omaba, Kerry and Clinton; the naive, the gullible and the corrupt.

  7. Independent critics have…

    Thanks for providing more than one perspective.

    I’m not sure what the overall goal for the global Empire and the U.S. Navy as a “global force” for good is. Remove Putin, change or influence the Chinese government (???), remove tykes like Assad and eventually achieve power and influence over the entire world for… Congress? We generally don’t approve of Congress and the central bankers that they’re laundering money for, yet we want them to run the world?

    Better our own than someone else the thinking could go, I suppose. Personally, I don’t view most of them as our own representatives.

    Regardless, from the link: ….Vladimir Putin has engaged in nuclear chest-thumping.

    Indeed. A while ago:
    (Russian “Doomsday Plane” Active For 4th Consecutive Day …)
    (Russian “Doomsday Plane” Spotted Flying By Finland …)
    (The Aviationist » Putin’s Doomsday Plane circling near …)

    Apparently he’s a real Shakespeare on the international stage. What’s next, interpretive dance?

    What happens when you “shake your spear” in a way you think is as good as the New Atlantis by saber rattling, yet no one cares? Putin would probably be better off paying Saudi proxy rent a terrorists to attack his own people and then use that theatrical production as a pretext to win a global “war on terror.” I wonder what our national security state and corporate media would do with that. They’d suddenly know how to have an actual investigation, no doubt. But if they played along with an “act of terrorism” for one reason or another then: “Well, the Russians are trying to win a war on terror now or something… so I guess we better let them invade some countries. Wow, they’re really winning the global war on terror now…. or somethin’.”

    It could almost be as humorous as John Kerry bungling their WMDs in Syria theatrics. Coon chimed in on all this bungling:

    Every year, a large sector of the Washington Convention Center is occupied and bedazzled for the AIPAC Policy Conference. It’s an overwhelming event, with optics and booming Hollywood soundtracks that make other political conferences look like Aslyum movies. The scale of the thing tends to elevate what’s said there. That happened yesterday, when Delaware Sen. Chris Coons (who’s up for re-election this year but lacks a credible challenger) joined former Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter for a discussion of foreign policy. It was Coons, a Democrat who holds the seat formerly filled by Joe Biden, who suggested that the Obama administration had shown weakness and invited new threats.
    ….

    “Create a democratic noose around Putin’s Russia,” urged Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “Revisit the missile defense shield,” suggested Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida. “Cancel Sochi,” argued Representative Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who leads the Intelligence Committee, referring to the Group of 8 summit meeting to be hosted by President Vladimir V. Putin. Kick “him out of the G-8” altogether, said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic whip.

    In the absence of a plan, there’s plenty of room for speculation and trolling.
    (Democratic Senator: Crimea Crisis Is Happening Because America Looked Weak in Syria, Slate)

    What is the plan, exactly?

    Empires cannot live on entertainment alone…

  8. Neocon foreign policy initiatives, such as the so-called “New Europe”, as espoused by Donald Rumsfeld, et.al. actually increase Russian/EC/US friction and tension levels by neglecting the time-honored doctrine of buffer states by placing military forces too close to the Russian boarder, thereby increasing the historical/existential Russian sense of encirclement and ultranationalist reaction that in turn stifles internal dissent and more moderate defense and foreign policy postures.

  9. We generally don’t approve of Congress and the central bankers that they’re laundering money for, yet we want them to run the world?

    No. Which is why Putin and Russia are actually good for the American people in the long run.

    NATO is a paper tiger. If Putin were to invade Estonia tomorrow, what would NATO do? Utter indignant platitudes and move a few tanks around Germany? What is the point, other than have the U.S. fund Europe’s “defense?”

  10. mynym June 18, 2015 at 13:55 “We generally don’t approve of Congress and the central bankers that they’re laundering money for, yet we want them to run the world?”

    Well, although Congress is unacceptably incompetent and corrupt (variously), the only thing more incompetent and corrupt is the way that most of the rest of the world is being run.

    Would I rather our US Congress run the world or the corrupt dictators and ninnies like France run the world? Sadly, I would hold my nose and pick the US Congress.

    And, of course, the central bankers are employees of Congress, doing the bidding of Congress

  11. Well, although Congress is unacceptably incompetent and corrupt (variously), the only thing more incompetent and corrupt is the way that most of the rest of the world is being run…..Would I rather our US Congress run the world or the corrupt dictators and ninnies like France run the world…

    What does France have to do with it? The subject is Russia. Does Russia have a $18-trillion debt? Is Russia being invaded by a horde of foreigners? Does Russia have to “celebrate” gay marriage or “tolerate” sexual freaks like Jenner? Does Russia get screwed on every deal their government makes? Does Russia have a “heavy, progressive tax on incomes,” straight out of Marx and Engels, like the U.S. does?

    The United States is becoming The Tower of Babel. We are self-destructing. Meanwhile, Russia is ascending, which might well be a good thing for freedom and Western Civilization in the long term.

  12. Well, although Congress is unacceptably incompetent and corrupt (variously), the only thing more incompetent and corrupt is the way that most of the rest of the world is being run.

    Here is what Soros, Victoria Nuland and possibly Jack Lew are fighting for:
    (Poroshenko’s party wants to criminalize LGBT discrimination)
    (Ukraine’s president Poroshenko supports pride parade in Kiev)

    Would I rather our US Congress run the world or the corrupt dictators and ninnies like France run the world? Sadly, I would hold my nose and pick the US Congress.

    Maybe you can get this guy to immigrate and become a representative for us, in reality:

    Terrorist organizations recruit fighters to join their ranks from among immigrants living in the continent’s western part, while the southern borders of the EU – including our own state’s borders – are besieged by waves of modern-day migration, in the face of which increasingly frustrated states and governments are at a loss. […]
    Europe is facing questions which can no longer be answered within the framework of liberal multiculturalism. Can we shelter people, many of whom are unwilling to accept European culture, or who come here with the intent of destroying European culture?
    ….
    Europe today continues to huddle behind the moats of political correctness, and has built a wall of taboos and dogmas around itself.

    We therefore let go of neoliberal economic policy, and perhaps we did so as late as we possibly could have; we let go of the policy of austerity, just before we were about to share the fate of Greece; we let go of the delusion of the multicultural society before it turned Hungary into a refugee camp, and we let go of liberal social policy which does not acknowledge the common good and denies Christian culture as the natural foundation – and perhaps the only natural foundation – for the organization of European societies. We decided to face the barrage of unfair attacks and accusations, and also let go of the dogma of political correctness.
    ….
    Orbán adds:

    They [Hungarians] want to free themselves from the modern-day debt slavery that they were driven into by foreign currency loans. They do not want to see their country thronging with people from different cultures, with different customs, who are unable to integrate; people who would pose a threat to public order, their jobs and livelihoods.

    [S]omething which we now experience personally on a daily basis [is that] liberals are extremely tolerant – they are only intolerant of fascists. But it is surely not their fault that everyone else – everyone except for them – is a fascist. Yes, we must understand that liberal politics only ever recognizes two kinds of opinion: its own and the wrong one.

    Orbán powerfully remarks upon the deathly economic determinism of Western elites today:

    The modern world sees economic facts as the ones that truly count. [Nitpicker on gay marriage: “We need more economic units.”] It may be right, but I would attach higher priority to facts related to life. Above all, the facts which determine our biological survival and continuance. Link

    Oh boy, here’s another:

    Today, European leaders and media have shown infinitely more interest in promoting “gender equality” than in something much more fundamental: a fertility rate allowing the survival of our peoples. Because, in the absence of more indigenous European children, we will eventually have Afro-Muslim majorities across Europe. Self-destructive liberals are blind to the obvious fact that the new majorities – coming from countries where polygamy and even female genital mutilation are often the norm – will not be very sympathetic to appeals to “gender equality” from whiny, over-coddled White women.

    And, of course, the central bankers are employees of Congress, doing the bidding of Congress.

    It doesn’t really matter how you look at it. They’re the murderous business partners of usurocracies that will ethnically cleanse and monetize the entire world into a multicultural police state of Babel Inc. if the nations of the world let them. Putin isn’t really opposed to Russia being incorporated in globalism, apparently he just wants a bigger piece of everything for his own …. [ Redacted ] ….

  13. Does Russia have to “celebrate” gay marriage or “tolerate” sexual freaks like Jenner?

    Conservatives:

    [Imprisoning the Golden Dawn in Greece] ain’t gonna play out like it did in Russia over Pussy Riot. When a group of “singers” with a history of performing grossly obscene sex acts in public invaded a Russian Orthodox Church, took over the area of the church between the iconostasis and the altar (an area reserved in that Church’s doctrine for ordained clergy), proceeded to belt out songs full of vulgarity and sexual slurs on the Virgin Mary and refused the demands of the priests that the sluts take their filth elsewhere and vacate the church, the police unsurprisingly arrested the Pussy Riot singers.

    The western “democratic” media — including National Review! [No surprise there.] — erupted in outrage at what was characterised as “another” dictatorial act by Vladimir Putin. Pussy Riot’s fate was worthy of world wide concern.* It won’t be that way with the Golden Dawn members of parliament.

    Why does the Greek government say Golden Dawn’s members of Parliament need to be jailed and the party disbanded and crushed?

    Because someone who “admits” he was “affiliated” with the party fatally stabbed a “popular”* anti-fascist singer!

    The “popular” singer it turns out is a nobody who was only “popular” with the rent-a-mob Anti-Fa crowd, the people who routinely attack those they disagree with, disrupt and shut down meetings, bully, threaten and even physically attack its targets. Link

  14. If I’m understanding this right then Team America is supposed to achieve dominance over Russia so that Pussy Riot can desecrate churches without being arrested. So you could send Hillary in to save Pussy Riot and arrest Edward Snowden to bring him back to America where people are given the space and freedumb to riot.

    Apparently if the Empire is successful the Pentagon can force Russian bakers to bake gay cakes. And then they can force their army to walk around in high heels and so on.* They’ll also need a central bank incorporated in financial systems run by people like Jack Lew and manipulated by people like George Soros based on insider trading.

    In all this, apparently you want Congress to achieve dominance over the world…. lest the French become dominate? You think I’m joking about this stuff?

    It’s all observable.

    Just explain what you’re thinking and why you want to expand or achieve more worldwide dominance for Congress. Apparently if Hillary becomes president then she will need to have the power to force Russians to allow gays and the misfit “minorities” (That people like Soros usually use. Very mysterious.) to desecrate their churches and their culture.

    *(U.S. Army FORCES Cadets to Wear High Heels to … )
    (Army Launches Review Into Whether ROTC Cadets Were …)
    (U.S. Army FORCES Cadets to Wear High Heels to Promote …)

    Freedumb.

  15. Mynmn writes: “We should be able to try to have an honest conversation about the people driving events in the world without it all turning into attempts to police thought and speech, supposedly to protect the suburban Russian or Jew from xenophobia and bullying.”

    That’s fine, but you want to have a DISHONEST conversation.

    Especially on the Left, those who keep saying we have to have a conversation are the ones who REFUSE to have any conversation that proves them wrong.

    If we have an honest conversation, we must conclude that Mynmn is wrong along with those who focus on race.

    As I keep saying, the problem is that what you are saying is FALSE — not that you are saying it.

    =================================
    Mynmn writes “They [Hungarians] want to free themselves from the modern-day debt slavery that they were driven into by foreign currency loans.”

    Someone FORCED them to spend the money?

    American consumers in debt… Someone FORCED them to buy a big screen TV on credit????

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    Mynmn writes: ” ”

    Ukraine’s parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovich from office, hours after he abandoned his Kiev office to protesters.

    This is within their rights.

    How is that a coup d’état ???

    The US Constitution includes the power of Congress to impeach a president.

    If the Congress exercises that power is that a coup d’état ???

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