Russia will present a new weapon in the first hours of 2021, according to China
BEIJING, (BM) – Russia will present a new weapon in the first hours of 2021, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Chinese news agency Sohu. Analysts at China’s Sohu are looking forward to a new message from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Federal Assembly. Experts from the Celestial Empire believe that the Russian leader will discuss further plans to modernize domestic weapons.
As it became known, Russian President Vladimir Putin may make a traditional address to the Federal Assembly in early 2021. Chinese analysts recall that the Russian leader paid particular attention to national security issues during such statements.
According to Sohu analysts, the new weapon, previously announced by Vladimir Putin, has become known worldwide and is considered a fearsome and useful tool for deterring Moscow’s opponents. As one example, observers from the Celestial Empire cite the hypersonic anti-ship complex “Zircon”: the Russian state’s head presented it during his message to the Federal Assembly in 2019.
“Until today, the Russian army conducted several naval tests with this missile. The Russians hit all targets, and Zircon’s speed has reached Mach 8,” the Sohu authors note. According to preliminary data, this missile system will enter the Russian Navy service in the next few years.
Another example is the Peresvet laser installation, which Vladimir Putin spoke about in his address to the Federal Assembly in 2018. These systems are designing to combat unmanned aerial vehicles, which meets modern challenges, say Chinese analysts. And Russia continues to develop in this area.
“Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are a growing threat, and laser weapons are an effective means of countering UAVs,” Sohu analysts said. “Russia can take the lead in this area.”
The Kremlin is making a big bet on its latest Su-57 aircraft. The first serial fighter has already joined the army. By 2028, Russia’s aerospace forces will have 76 advanced fighters. The improved Su-57 equips with a powerful new engine, state-of-the-art avionics, and formidable weapons, experts from the Chinese edition claim.
Also, Russia is modernizing its reliable Tu-160M bombers and is also working to create fundamentally new PAK DA “strategists.” In this way, Moscow has a significant arsenal of modern weapons and equipment and forces the whole world to monitor the Russian army’s modernization closely.
Russia has conducted a test of a missile system for possible space impact
On December 16, the US Space Command alerted about Russian tests. According to the United States, Russia continues to act bilaterally. Moscow has told the public that it opposes turning space into a battlefield. Simultaneously, the Russians are testing a direct-ascent anti-satellite designed to hit targets in orbit around the Earth. According to the Americans, the new Russian missile can destabilize the United States’ ground and orbital capabilities.
We remind you that such a test is not the first that Russia is doing. In April this year, Washington again alerted that the Russians had conducted the same test. Then, the Russian Ministry of Defense did not deny this information. According to Moscow’s statement, Russia has tested the capabilities of the new S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft system. The S-500 is officially expecting to enter service next year. Many military experts say there is no opposition to it now, and the design gives Russia an advantage in this area of at least ten years over NATO allies.
The US Space Command claims that such tests are the main reason for the US Space Command’s unification with its combat command. According to Washington, this missile system is a threat to the United States and its allies. “We are ready and determined to deter aggression and protect our nation and our allies from hostilities in space,” the statement said.
The US Space Command does not rule out the possibility that the tests conducted will worsen diplomatic relations. According to Washington, Russia uses two types of space weapons.
The first type of weapon is what the Russians tested days ago – direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles capable of destroying objects in low orbit around the Earth [DA-ASAT]. Testing of such a weapon is dangerous for the space field. A collision with an enemy satellite will contaminate the orbital space. Such a blow would also cause severe problems for civilian commercial satellites. The Americans conclude only if the Russians decide to test their rocket on a real orbital satellite in the next stage.
The second type of weapon is the ASAT system. Such an approach is not unknown to the world, but only a few countries have it. These are the United States, Russia, China, and India. ASAT is a complete weapons system that acts differently. The system is countering an enemy nuclear or space strike, multiplying the first nuclear strike, and a countermeasure against an adversary’s anti-ballistic missile defense [ABM], an asymmetric counter, a technologically superior adversary, and a counter-value weapon. In the past, when this type of anti-space weapon system was developed, the countries that had it shot down their satellites to demonstrate their power to the enemy.
According to the US Space Command, testing and possession of similar weapons from Russia can seriously unbalance a safe, stable, and operationally sustainable space environment. “Russia has turned space into a battlefield,” the press release said.
Russia reopen old military laboratory for extreme weapons testing
Russian military laboratory will test extreme weapons again, as we reported on December 24, 2020, citing a source from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Russian news agency Vzglyad.
“The revival of the laboratory allows us to test weapons in unique natural conditions, without leaving the complex,” said military expert Viktor Murakhovsky. So he commented on the message about the restoration of the Soviet unique laboratory by Rostec for extreme tests of a grenade launcher and small-caliber small arms and cannon weapons.
“To reproduce in natural climatic conditions what was done in this laboratory, you need to travel a lot around the country in search of special natural phenomena that cannot always be found,” explained Viktor Murakhovsky, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine.
The expert positively assessed the restoration of the unique laboratory and called it “a return to the roots.” “Our military-industrial complex had such laboratories before, but they could not be used for all models and types of weapons,” the source added.
“Besides, Soviet weapons were previously famous for their ability to work in any conditions – physical, geographical, weather, climatic. Now this reputation will strengthen even more,” Murakhovsky is convinced.
Earlier it became known that the Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering [TsNIITOCHMASH] has restored the work of a unique laboratory closed after the USSR collapsed.
“Weapons testing and certification are performed in the laboratory and the test site. The laboratory also has test chambers for testing small arms, grenade launchers, and small arms. The tests are performing at extreme temperatures – from minus 60 degrees Celsius to plus 60 degrees Celsius. The equipment in the laboratory also performs various dust tests,” it is said in the official press release of the company, quoted by RIA Novosti.
“The certification was the final technical stage in restoring the unique testing technology lost after the collapse of the USSR, which was owned only by our institute,” said Sergei Karasev, head of the scientific and technical center for testing and experimental research of weapons.
At the end of November, the airborne self-propelled artillery unit “Lotos,” developed at TsNIITOCHMASH for the Airborne Forces on the chassis of the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle, completed acceptance tests.
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