Putin Flaunted Five Powerful Weapons. Are They a Threat?




The animated videos show Russian warheads speeding toward Florida and missiles outmaneuvering obstacles in the southern Atlantic. Russia has a new class of weapons, President Vladimir V. Putin said on Thursday, that could make American defenses obsolete.
Mr. Putin could be bluffing. It’s unclear how many of the five weapons he described actually exist. But a close look at the videos he presented indicates some telling details about their state of readiness and how they work.
The weapons are ;

Nuclear Cruise Missile - The Russian cruise missile in this animation zigs and zags all over the globe, avoiding antimissile defense systems.

Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile- The Sarmat, which NATO calls Satan 2, is a replacement for the SS-18, the biggest and deadliest Soviet missile of the Cold War.

Hypersonic Cruise Missile - Launched from a jet, this missile burns regular fuel.

Status-6 Nuclear Torpedo - The animation shows a torpedo that could operate at great depths and over long distances at tremendous speed.

Avengard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle - This kind of weapon can fly into space on a regular rocket, zoom around the atmosphere and outwit defense systems.

According to nytimes.com, Mr. Putin said the nuclear cruise missile had been tested successfully late last year. But American officials said they believed it is not yet operational, despite Mr. Putin’s claims, and that it had crashed during testing in the Arctic.






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