The Russian president has long been known to feature such planes, often sending planes into the skies of Europe as a gentle reminder of Moscow’s might. The war in Ukraine is now approaching its third week, Putin’s alternative should the conflict erupt in Europe and it is truly terrifying to see NATO embroiled in a crisis.
The Tu-160 supersonic bomber built by Tupolev, known to NATO by the codename “Blackjack”, could travel at Mach 2.3 and reach the US from Washington in several hours.
Packing a formidable 12 nuclear missiles, the high-speed bomber can travel 7,600 miles without needing refueling, and at an altitude of 52,000 feet, make interception difficult.
To date, it is the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft, the fastest bomber in use, and the largest and heaviest variable-sweep wing airplane ever built.
This type is not much different from the US Rockwell B-1 bombers used by NATO forces.
One of Putin’s giant bombers is the Tu-95.
The Silver Giant of the Sky, known by the NATO codename Bear, is a 4-engine turboprop bomber.
Often seen in the skies over the North Sea and the Atlantic, several obstructions to accompany aircraft have been filmed by the Western Air Force.
First introduced in 1956, and equivalent to the B-52 bomber, the type still in use today can travel up to 575 mph, and carry 6 nuclear missiles within its payload.
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Russia’s latest advanced fighter aircraft, the Sukhoi Su-57, is smaller and far faster in scale.
The fifth generation fighter jets intended to succeed the MiG-29 and Su-27, which entered service in 2020, are equipped with the latest technology and capability.
The type is also Russia’s first stealth aircraft, bringing it in line with existing US aircraft of similar capabilities.
The Su-57 can carry air-to-air missiles as well as precision guided warheads.
The fighter jet can travel at Mach 2.2 at an altitude of 60,000 feet.
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Yet for Putin, his main, and most feared deterrent, lies in the form of nuclear weapons.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, Russia has the most nuclear weapons of any state.
In 2021, it was cited by the institute that Russia has some 6,255 nuclear warheads, ahead of the US, which has 5,550.
The nine nuclear-armed states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—had an estimated 13 080 nuclear warheads as of early 2021.
About 3,825 nuclear warheads are currently deployed with operational forces, mostly with Russia and the US.
While the United States and Russia continued to reduce their overall nuclear weapons inventories by destroying retired warheads in 2020, both estimate that there were about 50 more nuclear warheads in operational deployment in early 2021 compared to a year earlier.
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Hans M. Christensen, Associate Senior Fellow, SIPRI’s Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Program, said: “The total number of weapons in the global military stockpile is now rising, a worrying sign of the declining trend that characterized the global nuclear cold. The arsenal has stalled since the end of the war.
Russia also has several intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching anywhere in the world.
The longest-range ICBM in Putin’s arsenal, the Samrat, can reach nearly 7,000 miles, making it capable of hitting almost any target.
According to Statista, Russia also has 850,000 troops on the ground, however, many of these soldiers are.
In 2017, reports emerged that the Kremlin had developed a high-tech suit that included an exoskeleton designed to boost strength and stamina, body armor and even a clock capable of surviving a nuclear explosion. Was.
The all-black kit sports a Stormtrooper-style helmet with a tinted glass visor aimed at instilling fear in the hearts of its enemies.
According to the TASS news agency, the Ratnik-3 combat gear was created at the Moscow-based Weapon Development Center.
At the start of the conflict in Ukraine, Putin warned that if other nations intervened, they would see an “immediate response with consequences never seen in history”.