Tuesday 15 December 2020

Russia Tests Nuclear Forces In Military Exercises

It is interesting how Russia Tests Nuclear Forces In Military Exercises. NBC News shows that Intercontinental ballistic missiles were launched from land and sea during the maneuvers. Strategic bombers also fired cruise missiles at test targets.

You might have thought about how many nuclear weapons does Russia have. Russia nuclear weapons are powerful.

With approximately 6,800 nuclear warheads, Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. It is really estimated that from 1949 to 1991 the Soviet Union produced approximately 55,000 nuclear warheads.

It is interesting when did Russia develop nuclear weapons. Russia became the world's second nuclear weapon state after it tested its first device at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan on 29 August 1949.

What is the largest nuclear weapon in the Russian stockpile? Tsar Bomba.
The USSR detonated its largest nuclear weapon, Tsar Bomba, with a yield of 50 megatons (equivalent to the power of 3,800 Hiroshima bombs) in 1961.

USA also has many nuclear weapons. As of 2019, USA has an inventory of 6,185 nuclear warheads; of these, 2,385 are retired and awaiting dismantlement and 3,800 are part of the U.S. stockpile. Of the stockpiled warheads, the U.S. stated in its March 2019 New START declaration that 1,365 are deployed on 656 ICBMs, SLBMs, and strategic bombers.

China has some of world's most advanced weapon systems, Pentagon warns. China seems to be on the cusp (a point of transition between two different states) of fielding some of the world's most advanced weapons systems. In some cases, it already has surpassed its rivals, a Pentagon assessment found.

9 countries in the world currently have nuclear weapons: the USA, UK, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.

Take a look at the interesting list of countries with most nuclear warheads:

In the whole world, the nuclear-armed countries possess a combined total of nearly 14,000 nuclear warheads (with more than 90 percent belonging only to Russia and the United States). See the list of all 9 countries with nuclear weapons. Information is sourced from armscontrol.org.

1 - Russia: 6,850 nuclear warheads

2 - The United States of America: 6,185 nuclear warheads

3 - France: 300 nuclear warheads

4 - China: 280 nuclear warheads

5 - The United Kingdom: 215 nuclear warheads

6 - Pakistan: 145 nuclear warheads

7 - India: 135 nuclear warheads

8 - Israel: 80 nuclear warheads

9 - North Korea: 15 nuclear warheads

What are Russia hypersonic weapons? Hypersonic weapons such as Russia's 3M22 Zircon fly fast and low. They fly at speeds of up to Mach 6 and at a low atmospheric-ballistic trajectory. They can penetrate traditional anti-missile defense systems. The missile flies with an advanced fuel that the Russians say gives it a range of up to 1,000 kilometers.

2 main types of hypersonic weapons are hypersonic cruise missiles and hypersonic glide vehicles. Hypersonic weapons, by definition, travel five or more times the speed of sound. Hypersonic cruise missiles, which are powered by scramjet, are restricted below 100,000 feet. Hypersonic glide vehicles can travel higher.

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