Tales of the New Cold War: PART 2 of 2: The New MAD Doctrine and restarting the arms race. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

Mar 07, 05:19 AM

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(Photo: English: General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) demonstrating a B-52 flying low enough to fry chickens in a barnyard.

Date 29 January 1964

Source Dr. Strangelove trailer from 40th Anniversary Special Edition DVD, 2004

Author Directed by Stanley Kubrick, distributed by Columbia Pictures)

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Tales of the New Cold War: PART 2 of 2: The New MAD Doctrine and restarting the arms race. Stephen F. Cohen @NYU @Princeton eastwestaccord.com.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/56957

"...So, what have we done, apart from protesting and warning? How will Russia respond to this challenge? This is how.

During all these years since the unilateral US withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, we have been working intensively on advanced equipment and arms, which allowed us to make a breakthrough in developing new models of strategic weapons.

Let me recall that the United States is creating a global missile defence system primarily for countering strategic arms that follow ballistic trajectories. These weapons form the backbone of our nuclear deterrence forces, just as of other members of the nuclear club.

As such, Russia has developed, and works continuously to perfect, highly effective but modestly priced systems to overcome missile defence. They are installed on all of our intercontinental ballistic missile complexes.

In addition, we have embarked on the development of the next generation of missiles. For example, the Defence Ministry and enterprises of the missile and aerospace industry are in the active phase of testing a new missile system with a heavy intercontinental missile. We called it Sarmat.

Sarmat will replace the Voevoda system made in the USSR. Its immense power was universally recognized. Our foreign colleagues even gave it a fairly threatening name.

That said, the capabilities of the Sarmat missile are much higher. Weighing over 200 tonnes, it has a short boost phase, which makes it more difficult to intercept for missile defence systems. The range of the new heavy missile, the number and power of its combat blocs is bigger than Voevoda’s. Sarmat will be equipped with a broad range of powerful nuclear warheads, including hypersonic, and the most modern means of evading missile defence. The high degree of protection of missile launchers and significant energy capabilities the system offers will make it possible to use it in any conditions.

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