December 11, 2023

By Tim Lister and Sergey Gudkov | CNN

Russian President Vladimir Putin has introduced that Russia has efficiently carried out a take a look at of a brand new era of nuclear-powered cruise missile.

State information company RIA Novosti quoted Putin as saying the “final profitable take a look at of the Burevestnik, a global-range cruise missile with a nuclear set up, a nuclear propulsion system, has been performed.”

Putin was talking on the Valdai Discussion board in Sochi.

This system to develop the Burevestnik was introduced by Putin in March 2018 as a part of a broader initiative to develop a brand new era of intercontinental and hypersonic missiles. Amongst them have been the Kinzhal ballistic missile and the Avangard hypersonic glide car. Addressing the West, he mentioned in that speech: “Take heed to us now.”

Putin instructed the Federal Meeting in March 2018 that the purpose was to make sure a strategic steadiness on the planet for many years to return, together with the Burevestnik and Sarmat missiles.

“It’s a low-flying stealth missile carrying a nuclear warhead, with virtually limitless vary, unpredictable trajectory and talent to bypass interception boundaries,” Putin mentioned then.

Nonetheless, Western analysts say this system has since run into bother, with a variety of failed assessments. In 2019, the Nuclear Risk Initiative (NTI), an open supply analytical group, mentioned that “there’s a consensus within the press, with purported settlement from U.S. intelligence companies, that the Burevestnik has been examined 13 occasions, with two partial successes.”

The NTI quoted Russian navy skilled Alexei Leonkov as describing the Burevestnik as a weapon of retaliation, which Russia would use after Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to complete navy and civilian infrastructure and never depart an opportunity of survival.