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    New Russian Bomber to Be Able to Launch Nuclear Attacks From Outer Space

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    The Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy is developing a hypersonic strategic bomber capable of striking with nuclear warheads from outer space, Lt. Col. Aleksei Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    A trial model of Russia's nuclear-capable outer space strategic bomber will be developed by 2020, according to its developer.

    Russian commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), Colonel General Sergei Karakayev, had earlier reported that the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Academy has already developed and tested an engine for the experimental aircraft.

    The engine is expected to be showcased at the Army-2016 International Military Technology Forum, which is set to take place on September 6-11 in the Moscow Region.

    “The idea is that the bomber will take off from a normal home airfield to patrol Russian airspace. Upon command it will ascend into outer space, strike a target with nuclear warheads and then return to its home base,” Solodovnikov told RIA Novosti.

    He added that the jet will be very capable and will need only one-two hours to reach any place on Earth through outer space.

    “We are cooperating with Russia’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute on the design of an airframe and the aircraft's characteristics. I think that its lift-off mass must be 20-25 metric tons for it to be a strike aircraft. It will [be able to accelerate to] hypersonic speed in rocket mode," he added.

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    • Glamoureus
      Yaa while Yanks nuke bases in Poland and Romania are pure sitting ducks.
    • FlorianGeyer
      The US has reached the Winter of her empire of kleptocracy. There are few weak and helpless nations left in the world for the US to plunder now.
    • james
      and america cant even keep its space shuttle working...
    • coolerheads
      Sounds similar to the Boeing X-37 that the U.S. Air Force put into orbit back in 2010. It is a very promising platform for delivering conventional munitions. For a full-scale nuclear strike, submarine launched ICBMs equipped with MIRVs are still the most effective and survivable deterrent. The U.S. Trident or Russian Bulava can both reach anywhere on earth in under 30 minutes.
    • C Han
      This is the perfect mean to deploy Hyper Velocity/Kinetic Missiles (Mach 20 and above) that are currently too fast to be intercepted and will; deploy their energy on impact more damage ful than a conventional nuclear tactical payload.
    • ivanwa88
      I believe in essence this article is about 7th generation bomber development for extreme high altitude missions with potential for space use as a nuclear back up to ensure that in the case of a nuclear attack a list of contemporary targets are destroyed that list will of course become known to the adversary? thus acting as extra insurance to discourage a nuclear attack on Russia.
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