Work on a new long-range missile, which has yet to be given a name, that began in Russia during the early days of the Obama Administration could be wrapped up as early as 2017, according to a U.S. intelligence official.
In a news story published by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS – that went largely unnoticed – a high-ranking government official boasted that the new missile would be capable of overcoming any nuclear missile shield that the Americans or any other nation could create.
“This applies in the fullest sense to the USA’s anti-missile defense system and to NATO’s (planned) European missile defense system,” said Artur Usenkov, a Russian weapons expert.
Russia is developing the new missile despite recently negotiating a new landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, with the United States which will see both countries make deep cuts in their nuclear arsenals in the years ahead. It’s a treaty that progressive politicians and activists are fiercely pushing in spite of the threats posed by some of the very same nations that the Russians arm and equip such as Iran and Venezuela.
The new Russian missile will replace the antiquated Soviet-era SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile whose terrifying destructive capability gave it the nickname ‘Satan’. The Russians are estimated to have between 60 and 90 SS-18 missile silo launchers spread across their country. These missiles are capable of withstanding anything except a direct hit from another nuclear weapon.
While European Union politicos, its news media and its military establishment are concerned with the development of this latest weapon of mass destruction, President Barack Obama and his national security team, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, are ignoring the gravity of the situation.