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The arms race continues. Nuke vs Laser

The arms race continues. Nuke vs LaserMany analysts believe that, starting from 2014, the situation on the international scene can be described as a new "cold war".

An indirect confirmation of this theory is the new increase in the military budgets of the world's leading powers.

Perhaps the arms race returns.

This article tells about arms updates, which became known in recent days.


Russian Laser

The Russian army has adopted separate samples of laser weapons, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.

He noted that at the present time has become a reality weapons based on new physical principles.

"This is not exotic, not experimental, prototype - we've already adopted a separate samples of laser weapons", - the representative of the Russian Defense Ministry said.

It is based on physical processes and phenomena that have not been previously used in a conventional weapon (gun, knife) or weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, bacteriological).

Experts identify laser, radiofrequency, Beam, kinetic weapons, and other weapons.

The Americans have too

The naval forces of the United States experienced a laser system HELMTT in simulated combat conditions.

During the exercises for the first time installation connected to a single network operational control of the US Army.

Tasks of combat steel laser detection, tracking and destruction of a variety of purposes, including small drones, artillery shells and mortar bombs.

The power of the laser was tested ten kilowatts. Other details are not specified.

In 2014, the US military is the first to show the test laser gun LaWS video. It Navy demonstrated both in the laser system can destroy the target on a moving boat and unmanned aerial vehicle.

In the video you can see that the gun is controlled by the controller, similar to the one with which the play on consoles. Sami laser shots are not visible to the eye.


The US military intends to adopt the first defensive and offensive combat laser systems in 2023.

The US Navy will be equipped with the latest laser installations, able to destroy drones, small ships and fighters, as well as to suppress the electronic systems of flying machines. According to the accuracy and speed, as well as the cost of laser weapons is far ahead of the missile.

The United States launched the technological preparation of production of new tactical nuclear bombs B61-12.

Work on the engineering stage of the program was carried out for four years. US Serial production was scheduled for 2020.

"At the moment, B61 - it is the system with the outdated component base in the United States arsenal. This program will give them extension of life for at least another 20 years of operation, "- said the head of the agency Frank Klotz.

B61-12 - controlled modification of tactical nuclear bombs B61, the first version of which was put into service in 1968.
It is expected that the 12th modification will replace currently available in the US Air Force version of the 3, 4, 7 and 10.

inertial control system, complete with a set of controlled rudders on the tail, close to what is put on the conventional ordnance JDAM scheme.

Bomb will receive a combat nuclear charge, similar to that installed on the B61-4: with a power output versions 0.3, 1.5, 10 and 50 kilotons.

After 2020, these weapons will be deployed in Europe as part of the replacement of previous versions of tactical B61 bomb family.

A Russian

Modernization US B61 nuclear bombs will increase the likelihood of their actual use, said head of the Russian Foreign Ministry on non-proliferation and arms control, Mikhail Ulyanov.

He noted that the improved American bombs will update the US nuclear weapons, deployed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.

"Formulation of new nuclear warheads into service will only begin in 2020. It was then that the modernization of the negative consequences will be noticeable, "- said Ulyanov.

In this regard, he highlighted two aspects of the effects of the modernization of nuclear B61.

"Some American experts were quick to call the new warheads more" ethical "because, they say, their application will be less massive humanitarian consequences. But this is precisely the negative: characteristics such weapons objective would be to increase the temptation to use them, "- said Ulyanov.

According to him, the Pentagon is considering new nuclear bomb as a weapon of the battlefield, not containment.

In addition, US upgrade their nuclear arsenals in Europe is a long-term extension of the practice of "joint nuclear missions" to NATO, in which pilots of non-nuclear countries are preparing for the use of US nuclear weapons.

"These missions, in our view, constitute a flagrant violation of the letter and spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons", - said Ulyanov.

Russia reportedly also actively developing its service. In 2018 it is planned to adopt an intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat, which Western media have nicknamed the Doomsday weapon.

It is expected that the massive rocket fuel oil will replace the Soviet-era ICBM R-36M2 Voivod (Satan in NATO classification), which are today the largest weapon of its kind.

The first prototypes have already been built a new missile. Start of commissioning tests scheduled for the current year. If the tests are successful, will begin mass production of missiles Sarmat, and in 2018 they entered service.

Available data on it indicates that it will be extremely dangerous weapon, like a rocket with a very appropriate name "Satan", which it will replace.

The new IDB will use an upgraded version of the liquid-propellant rocket engine Governors. The first stage of the rocket will be equipped with four engines RD-274.

Sarmat will weigh a minimum of 100 tons, and the weight of its warhead is 10 tons. This means that the missile would be separable 15 thermonuclear warheads. Sarmat range is not less than 9500 kilometers.

When it will be adopted, it will be the biggest rocket in history

Like other modern ICBMs, such as yars, Topol-M and Bulava, Sarmat is designed in such a way as to overcome missile defenses.

To this end, the rocket will use a combination of radar traps, countermeasures and increased speed.

It can also be equipped with maneuvering warheads to intercept that will be much harder.
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