Moscow has developed a manner by which they believe they can neutralize the nuclear threat posed by the US. To completely neutralize the threat of US medium-range ballistic missiles in Europe, Russia needs to develop the mobile component of its Strategic Missile Forces, a highly qualified and respected specialist believes.
After analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of mid-range missiles, both ballistic and cruise missiles, military expert Konstantin Sivkov, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences, concluded that its use against mobile missile complexes is poor efficient.
Thus, the analyst said in his article for the newspaper Voenno-promyshlenny kuryer (Military-Industrial Mail, in Russian), several measures are needed to increase the mobile capacity of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces.
First, the author points out, with the appearance of some sort of threat it is necessary to introduce constant air patrolling with the maximum number of strategic fighter-bombers and, at the same time, radically increase the strategic aviation base system thanks to the creation of aerodromes at civil airports.
Second, if tensions increase, one of the effective measures could be to send all missile submarines that are suitable for military patrolling.
According to the author, it is indispensable to prepare a network of routes for strategic missile complexes, such as the Topol-M and Yars, for wartime, because today, according to the START missile treaty, such missions are strictly regulated.
As for silo-based complexes, such as the R-36TTKH or the Sarmat that is under construction, the specialist proposed to increase anti-aircraft defense and electronic warfare in the areas of its facilities, in order to defend them better.
In addition, Sivkov believes, it is necessary to pay attention to the idea of restoring the missile railway complexes to increase the mobility of the Russian strategic middle-class and heavy missiles. At the same time, the expert highlighted the developed Russian river network, which, in his opinion, will allow to use special vessels as carriers of missiles.
Another effective measure would be to increase the fleet of airplanes with an Alert and Control Air System, says Sivkov, believing that today the number of such aircraft in Russian park is insufficient.
“All of the above will undoubtedly be costly, but the defense of national sovereignty and protection against the threats of the West is a cause that is not cheap in its essence, “the expert concluded.
Recently, US President Donald Trump announced that the US does not plan to observe the INF Treaty, by Moscow allegedly violating it, and would leave the agreement. The US leader also said that Washington would develop its nuclear weapons.
Meanwhile, Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s spokesman said that abandoning the INF treaty would lead Russia to take steps to ensure its security.
Over the past few years, Moscow and Washington have accused each other of violating the INF Treaty. Russia has often emphasized that it strictly observes its obligations, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that Moscow itself has serious questions to ask the US about its observance of the agreement.
In particular, the Kremlin points to US military activities on the ground, for example in the military base in Romania as well as in Poland, including in connection with the installation of missile-launching complexes such as the Tomahawk (which is prohibited by the treaty). The Russian side also draws attention to the fact that the US is developing assault drones and funding research to create a land-based cruise missile.