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    Russia’s Defense Ministry has summed up the results of a nationwide competition of suggested monikers for any of the three new weapon systems President Putin mentioned in his recent state-of the-nation address to parliament.

    “Burevestnik” (Stormbringer) was chosen as the name for the state-of-the-art nuclear-powered cruise missile after 34.8 percent of participants voted for it, with “Palmyra” trailing closely behind garnering 33 percent of votes, and “Surpriz” (Surprise) bringing up the rear with 32.5 percent.

    The nuclear-powered underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a nuclear device has been christened  Poseidon (almost 36.9%) just ahead of Aurora (32.5%) and “Priboi” (Surf) favored by about 30.5 percent of voters.

    Russia’s all-new combat laser has been named “Peresvet” after the medieval Russian warrior of the same name (40.8%). Other suggestions included “Vasilisk” (30.6%) and Blik (28.5%).

    Hours after President Putin had announced Russia’s latest weapons during his March 1 address to parliament in Moscow, the Defense  Ministry switched on a web portal  inviting people to submit names for any of the three new weapon systems.

    Also shown during President Putin’s address was footage of Russia's new hypersonic Sarmat ICBM, which is capable of overcoming missile defense systems.

    Capable of carrying a wide range of nuclear weapons, the Sarmat system is able to strike its targets up to 16,000 kilometers (9,940 miles) and attack across both the South and North Poles.

    Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia was threatening no one and its weapons were only meant to “ensure the country’s security.”

    Later, an interview for the World Order-2018 documentary, Putin clarified that Russia would resort to the use of nuclear weapons only as a retaliatory measure.

    Meeting with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday, General Lori Robinson, head of the US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command, said that Russia’s next-generation cruise missiles are capable of hitting targets throughout the United States.

    General Robinson said she was “concerned” about the potential for those advanced cruise missiles, which could be launched from bombers or submarines at much greater ranges than legacy systems, to penetrate our air defense network due to their expanded range, low visibility, and limited radar cross section.”

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