Russia’s nuclear “Dead hand” declared useless


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Russian complex of automatic control of a massive retaliatory nuclear strike “Perimeter” (known in the West as the Dead Hand — “Dead hand”), if necessary, will involve only a limited number of missiles, said the weekly “Star”, the former head (1994-1996) Chief of staff of the strategic Missile forces Viktor Yesin.

The General-the Colonel, in the early 1990s, participated in international negotiations on nuclear arms reductions with the United States and the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Ukraine, noted that the “Perimeter” system is operated and improved. “But when it works, we will have little money — we can run only those missiles that survive a first strike of the aggressor,” — said military analyst and the analyst.

According to Esin, in case of the deployment in Europe of ballistic medium-range missiles, in violation of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate range (the INF Treaty), the Americans “will be able to defeat the bulk of our deployed in the European part of the country’s missile capabilities, and the remaining intercept in the trajectory of their flight with the missile defense system (missile defense — approx. “Of the”)”.

Russia, in turn, said the expert, able to quickly organize production of medium-range missiles, in particular, on the basis of the first two stages of the three-step “Yarsa”, but a more appropriate response to the actions of the US would be to build hypersonic weapons.

“But frankly, an effective response to the American medium-range missiles in Europe we don’t have,” admitted Esin. Colonel-General noted that if the Americans “will still need to deploy its missiles in Europe, we had no choice but to abandon the doctrine of launch on warning oncoming blow and go to the doctrine of pre-emptive strike”.

In November, the head of the Center for international security, member of RAS Alexei Arbatov said that “the emergence of the American cruise missiles and ballistic missiles of average range in Europe in tatters carries a system of launch on warning oncoming blow, which is the basis for our strategy of nuclear deterrence.”

In the same month, The Washington Free Beacon wrote that the United States is able within a few months after leaving the INF Treaty to create a cruise missile ground-based medium-range missiles that Russia is unlikely to be able to answer any new weapons.

In October, the President of the United States Donald trump, citing a breach of the agreement by Russia and the build-up of arms by China, said Washington’s intention to withdraw from the INF Treaty.

The INF Treaty signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987. The agreement prohibits the parties to produce, test and deploy ballistic and cruise land-based missiles of medium (1,000 to 5,500 kilometers) and small (from 500 to 1000 km) range, and requires parties to eliminate the corresponding launcher. The contract is bilateral in nature and do not affect China.

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