Russia is developing large airships that will be equipped with ballistic missile defense radars. Vladimir Mikheev, an executive at Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET), said the large body surface of airships makes them suitable for radar systems. Mikheev added that some of these airships would be used to create an anti-ballistic missile defense shield, reports Sputnik News.
Yet another feather in Russia’s military cap
KRET said these radars will be fully capable of detecting inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and the flight trajectories of their re-entry vehicles. The company has signed deals with a number of Russian airship-making firms to develop on-board electronic systems. A subsidiary of state-owned Rostec, KRET is Russia’s biggest radio-electronic systems maker.
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Russia is aggressively modernizing its military amid rising tensions with the West. Last month, Moscow showcased a “microwave gun” capable of destroying drones and missiles from a distance of up to six miles. President Vladimir Putin also announced on June 17 that Russia would add another 40 inter-continental ballistic missiles to its arsenal this year. These ICBMs will be capable of piercing through even the most advanced Western missile defense systems.
Russia’s super weapon can switch-off enemy satellites and weapons
Last week, Russia shocked the Western countries by announcing that it has developed a “super weapon” that can disable all the foreign military satellites and “switch off” enemy’s weapons. It simply disables the guidance systems of missiles and other high-precision arms. KRET, which developed this super weapon, said it can be mounted on ground-based, sea- as well as air-borne carriers.
KRET deputy chief Yuri Mayevsky said the system will target the enemy’s tactical, deck-based, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic systems, and suppress the radio-electronic equipment of foreign military satellites. In February, Russia also tested a hypersonic missile that could travel at ten times faster than the speed of sound. According to Jane’s Intelligence, Moscow is planning to deploy up to 24 hypersonic missiles by 2025.
On Monday, Russia claimed that the United States was planning to deploy nuclear weapons in Europe to counter Moscow.