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Russia announces that they have a kick ass new ICBM able to deus vult anyone who trys to screw with them.
This comes on the heels of their announcement of a SLAM missile, which uses a nuclear reactor to travel at scramjet speeds within the atmosphere at a low enough altitude to be undetectable by radar
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>This comes on the heels of their announcement of a SLAM missile, which uses a nuclear reactor to travel at scramjet speeds within the atmosphere at a low enough altitude to be undetectable by radar
Doesn't that leave a trail of radiation blanketing the flight path?
Again, ICBMs are an obsolete deterrent against SLBMs, and Russia is just confirming what everybody who's been in that country's Navy already knows, what everybody who's walked near a drydock in Russia in the past decade already knows, and what every intelligence agency who's bothered to check these things knows: Russia isn't spending the money to repair or upgrade its submarines that have been rusting in dock, de-facto-decommissioned, since the 90s. It's far cheaper to build and show off ICBMs that it can then seal in a bunker and not maintain -- the problem is everyone with a satellite knows where those bunkers are.
Tldr: the only people they're trying to fool is their own military and people, into believing they're still a credible nuclear power. When a credible report surfaces that Russia can actually field an operational military nuclear submarine for indefinite service, I'll pay attention.
>low enough altitude to be undetectable by radar
So they made a cruise missile.
It's not an ICBM if it doesn't leave the atmosphere.
The reason why ICBM are dangerous is because you can't blow it up in space unless you hit it directly since things can't explode in space.
Also low altitude doesn't make things undetectable by radar. It makes it undetectable by land radars because of the curvature of the Earth but plane based radars will be able to pick it up especially with its large heat signature and size.
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