Under the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a training session was held on delivering a nuclear strike in response to an enemy nuclear attack. The Kremlin said that the training with the participation of land, sea and air strategic deterrence forces was completed.
As specified, the Yars mobile ground-based missile system of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, the Tula strategic missile submarine of the Northern Fleet, and two Tu-95MS long-range strategic missile carriers were involved in the training of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.
“The training involved the Yars mobile ground missile system of the Strategic Missile Forces, the Tula strategic missile submarine of the Northern Fleet, and two Tu-95MS long-range strategic missile carriers,” the Chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
It is noted that the launches of the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk spaceport and the Sineva ballistic missile from the Barents Sea at the Kura training ground in Kamchatka were carried out during the training of strategic deterrence forces.
The exercises were planned earlier to test the readiness of military command and control bodies, launch combat crews, crews of warships and strategic missile carriers to fulfill their tasks, as well as the reliability of weapons of strategic nuclear and non-nuclear forces.
“A training session is underway to control the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, during which the tasks of delivering a massive nuclear strike by strategic offensive forces in response to an enemy nuclear strike will be worked out,” Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said during the exercise.
The Kremlin stated that all the missiles reached their targets and confirmed the characteristics, so the tasks were completed in full.
The day before, Pentagon spokesman, Patrick Ryder, said that Russia had notified the US of plans to conduct exercises of its strategic nuclear forces, which are held annually. He added that Washington has no evidence that Moscow is preparing to use nuclear weapons.
It is also noted that from October 17 to 30, the air forces of 14 NATO member countries are conducting nuclear deterrence exercises, which involve up to 60 aircraft; maneuvers take place over Belgium, Great Britain, and the North Sea.