Russia’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released the first footage of the production line of its Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile.
The newly released footage begins with a test launch video and and then shows a large final assembly hall with several missiles, with some of them placed in launch canisters. This is the first time a close up view of the new missile was revealed by Russia.
The weapon itself is not clearly seen in the released footage as it is either inside its launch container or is covered in tarps. The only part of the missile that can be seen is its nose cone and it appears to have a stealthy design. The missile also features large wings.
The intercontinental-range Burevestnik (Stormbringer) nuclear-powered cruise missile is capable of penetrating any interceptor-based missile defense system. The missile is capable of flying in supersonic speeds dodging missile defenses and uses a nuclear-powered engine which will give it essentially an unlimited range. The missile can carry a nuclear warhead.
The missile is designed to attack a variety of high-value enemy targets, such as command posts, missile defence bases, and radars.
The missile was first publicly revealed, along with a host of other advanced weapons under development, by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual State of the Nation address on 1st March, 2018.
“We’ve started the development of new types of strategic weapons that do not use ballistic flight paths on the way to the target. This means that the missile defense systems are useless as a counter-means and just senseless,” Putin said that these cutting-edge weapon systems were based on the latest unique achievements of Russian scientists, designers and engineers
The first test firing of the Burevestnik cruise missile occurred in late 2017. Past tests of the missile have reportedly been conducted with usual jet engines as the nuclear-powered engine does not seem to be ready.
Russian MoD has also released the first footage of Poseidon (Kanyon/Status-6) nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), or simply a nuclear torpedo.
After the announcement of the Burevestnik missile by Putin earlier this year, General Lori Robinson, the head of the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Command (NORAD), said that Russia’s next-generation cruise missiles are capable of hitting targets throughout the United States.
General Robinson said she was “concerned” about the potential for those advanced cruise missiles, which could be launched from bombers or submarines at much greater ranges than legacy systems, to penetrate our air defense network due to their expanded range, low visibility, and limited radar cross section.”