9M730 Burevestnik

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Satellite imagery of the launch site

The 9M730 Burevestnik (Russian: Буревестник; "Petrel", NATO reporting name: SSC-X-9 Skyfall)[1] is a Russian nuclear-powered, nuclear-tipped cruise missile with virtually unlimited range.[2]

The Burevestnik is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018.[3]

Design and development[edit]

The Russian defense industry began developing an intercontinental-range nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of penetrating any interceptor-based missile defense system. It is said to have unlimited range and ability to dodge missile defenses.[2] The name of the weapon was chosen by the unusual route of a public vote.[4] A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, were successfully completed in January 2019.[5]

The "sister" project of 'Burevestnik', the Poseidon (Status-6) nuclear torpedo / drone submarine, is also built around a miniature nuclear propulsion unit.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Panda, Ankit (November 20, 2018). "Update from a source: Russia's Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile has a NATO designator — SSC-X-9 SKYFALL. (USIC also calls this missile the KY30.)".
  2. ^ a b Lendon, Brad (July 20, 2018). "Russia shows off new weapons after Trump summit". CNN. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  3. ^ Gady, Franz-Stefan (March 2, 2018). "Russia Reveals 'Unstoppable' Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missile". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  4. ^ Osborn, Andrew. "Russia names Putin's new 'super weapons' after a quirky public vote". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  5. ^ "Tests of Burevestnik nuclear powered cruise missile successfully completed, says source". TASS.

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