The long-range missiles were fired from nuclear subs in the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk
VLADIMIR Putin has tested his army’s NUCLEAR arsenal in what is seen as a chilling warning to the West and a practice run for a future world war.
The Kremlin has revealed the secret operation – involving its strategic nuclear forces – included multiple “successful” ballistic missile launches.
The tests were conducted by ships from Russia’s North and Pacific fleets, as well as long-range bombers from the Russian Air Force.
Thursday’s drills are the latest in a series of Russian war games conducted amid rising tensions with the West – escalated by the shambolic Salisbury nerve agent attack.
Four different targets were hit in Russia and neighbouring Kazakhstan, where the Russians have a major military presence.
The long-range missiles were fired from Delta-IV class nuclear subs in both the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk in the Pacific.
Videos released by the Defense Ministry show long-range missiles being prepared for launch
Vladimir Putin had spent billions on his country’s massive nuclear arsenal
As part of the drills, the ageing long-range bombers also fired cruise missiles, the ministry said, adding that all missiles hit their designated practice targets.
They included Tu-95MS, Tu-22M3 and Tu-160 bombers – which first took to the skies during the Cold War.
Videos released by the Defense Ministry show nukes being launched from submarines and long-range missiles being prepared for launch on land.
“By order of President Putin, supreme commander of the Russian Armed Forces, strategic nuclear forces exercises have been conducted,” said a Russian defense ministry statement.
All the ballistic missiles were tracked by Russian early warning systems
Russian TU-22M3 long-range strategic bombers also took part in the drill (stock)
“All tasks of the exercise were accomplished. All designated targets at the Kura Chizha, Pemboy and Terekta testing ranges were destroyed.”
In June, Putin warned the world is on the brink of World War Three with a major global conflict that “could end civilisation”.
He lashed out following the US’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
The Defense Ministry said the latest exercise offered a chance to test the chain of command from its main control room down to military units.
All the missiles were tracked by Russian early warning systems, however the test did not involve operational nuclear warheads.
Russia was the second country to develop nuclear weapons and is reported to have an arsenal of 1,600 operational nukes.