Saturday, October 29, 2005

Russia Spends Its Petrodollars

High priced oil is speeding up the development of Russian ICBMs that will dodge the US BMD. Americans must hope the CCC (Cranky Congressional Conservatives) doesn't block the funds needed to counter it.

Here's the report, hat tip Missilethreat:

MOSCOW. Oct 25 (Interfax) - The Russian Strategic Missile Troops' step-by-step switchover to Topol-M land-based mobile missile complexes is to begin early in 2006, Strategic Missile Troops Commander Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov told Interfax.

Topol-M is a unique missile complex adapted to advanced missile defense systems. It is more mobile than other missile systems and is better protected from the enemy's reconnaissance.

It weights 47.2 tonnes and is capable of carrying a combat payload of 1,200 kilograms. Its range exceeds 10,000 kilometers. Three engines allow it to develop speed much faster than the previous types of missiles. Several dozen additional engines and control gear make its flight unpredictable for the enemy.

Topol-M's designers claim the system is absolutely immune to electromagnetic impulses.

I don't believe the last claim, but it's a very neat system. Instead of being stuck in vulnerable silos, its launcher is fully mobile. It uses solid fuel with a 15 year storage life, and goes through its entire boost phase in a few minutes (boost phase is the most vulnerable). Then it deploys multiple maneuverable warheads and decoys.

A few Topol-Ms will saturate the currently planned US BMD deployment, so more are needed.

It's a sobering thought - if the US gets a Dem Congress and President, they will scrap BMD and become wide open to Russian nuclear blackmail.