Russia may soon test A Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile

According to Government reports Russia may once again test a missile named Skyfall. The Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile has been tested multiple times between November 2017 and February 2018, each resulting in a crash.

  • Currently, the United States does not have the capability to defened against hypersonic weapons, hypersonic weapons can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second.
The 9M730 Burevestnik (Russian: Буревестник; "Petrel", NATO reporting name: SSC-X-9 Skyfall) is a Russian experimental nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile under development for the Russian Armed Forces. The missile is claimed to have virtually unlimited range

A previous missile test ended in a catastrophic failure, test was conducted on Oct 11, 2019, it exploded killing five Russian nuclear engineers during a recovery, the US says.

After the explosion.

Rosatom director Alexei Likhachev gave praise to the victims, calling them “true heroes” and “pride of our country.”

“We laid to rest our colleagues that tragically died testing a new special product,” Alexei Likhachyov, head of Rosatom, said in a statement. “They passed like true heroes.” 

Five Russian nuclear engineers were posthumously awarded the Order of Courage, a state award that honors “brave actions committed while performing one’s military, civic or professional duty with risks to one’s life.” 

“The United States later determined that the explosion near Nyonoksa, Russia, was the result of a nuclear reaction that occurred during the recovery of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile,” the U.S official wrote The accident occurred during an operation to recover the nuclear-powered missile that had apparently crashed during a test. The test was conducted at the Russian naval test range in the White Sea in August.

Why Is Russia Developing these weapons?

Putin has continuously warned the US against putting new missiles in Europe, calling them a provocative move. saying, Russia will retaliate by “fielding new weapons” that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

As the U.S withdrew from a key nuclear treaty with Russia and continued its policy of surrounding Russia with Anti Missile system (A-35 anti-ballistic missile system). Russia was forced to work on weapons that would subvert those Missile systems, in order to maintain its own Self-preservation.

August 2019 The US (Trump Administration) formally withdrew from a key nuclear treaty with Russia, raising fears of a new arms race.

“Russia will be forced to create and deploy new types of weapons that could be used not only against the territories where a direct threat to us comes from, but also against the territories where decision-making centers directing the use of missile systems threatening us are located,” he said. “The capability of such weapons, including the time to reach those centers, will be equivalent to the threats against Russia.”  - PUTIN 

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987.

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