Russia to Develop Top-Range Ballistic Missile

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Academician V.P. Makeyev State Rocket Centre (Makeyev GRTs) are currently developing a new state-of-the-art ballistic missile, Izvestia news agency reported Thursday.

“At the moment, State Rocket Centre are completing several Defense Ministry contracts to develop land and sea ballistic missiles,” said Makeyev GRTs general director and chief designer Vladimir Degtyar.

“This is a new heavy ballistic missile Sarmat, an upgrade to the land series. We’re also working on another one,” he added.

Izvestia reported that the missile will most likely be a new sea-launched ballistic missile, which will replace the latest Bulava strategic system. It is deployed on the fourth-generation Borei class of ballistic missile nuclear submarines.

According to Igor Vilnit, the head of the Rubin Design Bureau, Russia has already begun designing fifth-generation submarines, which will be multi-purpose and strategic.

“The ships will be made of multilayer composite materials, including body, bow and stern plane, stabilisers, fairwater, propellers and shaft line," said Valery Polovinkin, adviser to the head of Krylov State Research Centre.

“This will reduce the noise level. But the key feature of the project is modular design with standardised fore and aft, so they can be used in both strategic and strike submarines, changing only arms compartment design,” he added.

New generation submarines are to be constructed no earlier than 2030.