THE BEST RUSSIAN WEAPONS, Military Technology 2018- 2020
- Russian coastal defence missile system, with anti ship missiles – BAL (NATO codename SSC-6 Sennight)
- K-300P Bastion-P (NATO codename SS-C-5 Stooge) coastal defence missile system, with anti ship missiles
- Pantsir-S1 (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system of Russia
- S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler)
- RS-24 Yars or Topol-MR (NATO reporting name: SS-29) is a Russian most powerful MIRV-equipped, thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile
- Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name – Fullback) is a most advanced Russian twin-engine, twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber, strike aircraft
- Sukhoi Su-57 is the designation intended for a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine jet multirole fighter aircraft designed for air superiority and attack operations.
- Admiral Grigorovich class is the latest class of frigates ordered by the Russian Navy for the Black Sea Fleet.
- Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, also known as Project 22350
- Russian self-propelled howitzer – 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV
- T-14 Armata main battle tank
- KA-52 ALLIGATOR (NATO reporting name Hokum B) is a all-weather, day-night, military tandem, anti-armor attack helicopter
- Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name “Havoc”) is a Russian all-weather, day-night, military tandem, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter
Like the U.S., Russia possesses a nuclear triad composed of missiles stationed on land, air and sea, and Putin has set out to modernize all three legs of it. These updates include submarine-fired RSM-56 Bulava ballistic missiles and aerial variants of the 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missile to be launched by the recently released Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber, a new and highly improved version of the last bomber built by the Soviet Union.
Last week, Russia’s strategic missile force tested the RS-12M Topol, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) designed to overcome defense systems such as those stationed in Europe. This weapon, along with the long-anticipated R2-28 Sarmat, or “Satan 2,” has raised concerns among members of Western military alliance NATO, some of which border Russia and frequently complain about airspace violations. The U.S. has invested heavily in reinforcing this front by sending equipment, including anti-missile technology and deploying troops.
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Russia also may have the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world, but it is looking to develop a non-nuclear arsenal powerful enough to make the use of weapons of mass destruction unnecessary to thwart an attack. This includes the recently renovated Tupolev Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range bomber and a planned sixth generation stealth fighter jet slated to replace the Sukhoi Su-57, according to The National Interest. Russia has claimed the world’s largest tank force and sought to enhance its armored firepower with new additions such as the T-14 Armata tank and BMPT Terminator. The navy, which currently claims one aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, also was set to see some changes.
“The Navy General Command will particularly focus on forming strategic non-nuclear deterrence groups that will include vessels armed with long-range precision weapons, as well as on improving the system of naval bases and ensuring balanced supply of weapons and munitions,” Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, the commander of the Russian Navy, said Monday, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.
While most analysts rank the U.S. as still far ahead of in terms of military strength when compared to its closest near-peer competitors, Russia and China, recent lightning advances by both countries and their eagerness to work together in the fields of foreign policy, trade and defense have had a lasting impact on the global security infrastructure.
Both Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have opposed a U.S. hegemony on world affairs, intervening in U.S. approaches to conflicts in the Asia-Pacific and Syria, where Russia claimed in September to have dropped the world’s most powerful non-nuclear weapon, an “aviation thermobaric bomb of increased power” or “Father of All Bombs” (FOAB) against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), according to Popular Mechanics.
Russia and China also have grown closer as President Donald Trump boosted U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific in response to nuclear-armed North Korea. Both Moscow and Beijing have called on Trump to scale back his rhetoric against North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and have even conducted joint drills that some experts evaluated as practice for blocking a U.S. attack in the region.
In Europe, recent reports have suggested that, despite its superior budget, size and weaponry, NATO’s infrastructure may still quickly be overwhelmed by a full-on Russian assault and that the U.S-led multinational coalition may not even be able to regroup unless it received support from China.