In American intelligence believe that Moscow at least another decade to develop its “fantastic weapons”.
Russia soon will finalize a rocket “Thunderbird” / Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation
Russia can not afford a cruise missile with a nuclear power plant “Burevestnik”, which is currently still not working as it should. It is unlikely they will reach combat readiness in the next decade.
This writes the Business Insider, citing assessments by US intelligence. Russian President Vladimir Putin last year proudly proclaimed that the new weapons will bypass enemy defenses and fly indefinitely. Thus, the missiles Burevestnik unlimited range. However, in real tests yet they flew the maximum 35 kilometers.
The latest launches took place in early February. Russia has decided to resume testing “Petrel” after a pause that lasted from last summer until the beginning of 2019. The launch was apparently only “partially successful,” because the new Russian weapons are not functioning properly. None of the countries never deployed a missile with a nuclear power plant. Although the United States many years ago toyed with the idea.
A new assessment of the U.S. intelligence noted that Russia will have to spend at least another decade to bring the “savages” to combat-ready status. But even then Moscow will likely be able to build only a few such missiles. Because they are too expensive for her.
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Actually, this is not the first “super weapons” that Russia is boasted, but then refused due to budget constraints. For example, in 2015, during the parade on victory Day in Moscow showed tanks T-14 “Armata”, which, however, broke humiliating. It was originally planned production of 2.3 thousand of these vehicles by 2025. But in practice the ambitious figure had to be reduced to 100. The tank was not expensive for the Russian army because of a number of very expensive components, such as an unmanned tower. Instead of T-14 finally, Russia decided to update and improve the old T-72, T-80 and T-90. These tanks are quite powerful in battle, but of course they don’t quite live up to all that the Kremlin has promised to embody the “Armat”.
A similar fate befell the su-57, which in Russia is called “stealth aircraft of the fifth generation.” Instead of launching into mass production the Russian “rival” the F-35, Moscow has decided to focus on upgrading fourth-generation fighters.