The Russian Nuclear Horn Continues To Grow (Daniel 8)

Russia to continue developing nuclear forces in 2017 to deter any aggression – General Staff

The development of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces in 2017 will be maintained at a level that would guarantee the containment of any aggression against the country, said Valery Gerasimov, Chief of Russian General Staff and Deputy Defense Minister.
“We will continue to develop the Russian Armed Forces in 2017,” Gerasimov said during a meeting with foreign military attaches in Moscow on Thursday.
Just like in 2016, “we will pay particular attention to keeping our strategic nuclear forces at a level that would ensure the containment of aggression against Russia and its allies, meeting the parameters under the treaty on strategic offensive arms,” he said.
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Russia would also continue building up the capacity of its aerospace defense system and push ahead with efforts to promote its national interests in the Arctic, the General Staff chief said.
Such set of measures will enable the Russian Armed Forces to “adequately respond to emerging security threats” and ensure the country’s “peaceful development,” he said.

“We will continue the activities aimed at increasing the level of confidence and reducing tensions. We are open to dialogue insofar as our partners are,”
 he said.
According to Gerasimov, Moscow views “expanded presence of NATO’s forces near the Russian border” as a challenge to the country’s security.
The other reasons for concern are “the development of North Korea’s nuclear program,” increased terrorist activity in Afghanistan and growing instability in the Middle East and North Africa over the conflicts in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, he said.
Islamic State attempts to create a “global caliphate” and the situation in eastern Ukraine are also among the worrying factors, the General Staff chief said.
As for international security challenges, Gerasimov has urged special attention to the fight against terrorism, which he named as a “key threat.”
“It’s necessary for all the international community to combine its efforts under the leading role of the UN to combat it,” he said.
The General Staff cited as an example the joint efforts of the Syrian government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces, which lead to a turning point in the fight against Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra and other militant groups.
He also said that Russia successfully cooperates with Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Israel in tacking terrorism in Syria.
The General Staff head has called “transparency” an important like of work for the Russian military, reminding that “despite NATO’s unilateral decision to curb contacts with Russia’s Defense Ministry, we continue to inform everybody, including NATO member states, of the main activities of operational and combat training of our Armed Forces.”
The nuclear issue has been named among the most important in Russia’s new Foreign Policy Concept, which President Vladimir Putin has signed on December 1.
The document has called Washington’s development of its global missile defense system, which has components in Eastern Europe, a “threat to national security,” and stressed that Moscow is “reserving the right to take relevant counter measures.”
According to the Foreign Policy Concept, Russia stands for the creation of “zones free of nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction, especially in the Middle East.”
“Despite [the fact] that a threat of a large-scale war, including nuclear war, initiated between key states remains low, risks that [such states] may be involved in regional crisis, escalating them, are growing,” it warned.

The New Russian Nuclear Drone (Revelation 15)

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Russia tested a nuclear underwater drone capable of destroying coastal cities, ports, and harbors. The Russian drone has been rumored to exist since last year, but the first known test of the highly destructive weapon reportedly took place on November 27.
United States intelligence agencies detected the test of the unmanned underwater drone after the Russian nuclear drone was launched from a Sarov-class submarine, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
Pentagon officials did not release any further details about the test to the public. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin vowed to possess the biggest and best-equipped military force on the globe by 2020.
The Russia nuclear undersea drone has been named the Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6. The drone may be capable of traveling up to 6,200 miles underwater. The nuclear-capable weapon can be submerged to depths of up to 3,280 feet and can travel at speeds up to 56 knots.
American intelligence officials also believe the Russian drone will boast the largest nuclear weapons currently available. The blast from the nuclear undersea drone has been compared to the power of “millions” of tons of TNT.
United States intelligence agencies are estimating the nuclear undersea drone is capable of carrying a multi-megaton thermonuclear bomb payload, the Washington Post reports. When America dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima to effectively end World War II, the bomb weighed about 16 kilotons.
“We closely monitor Russian underwater military developments, but we will not comment specifically about them,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.
The Russian developer, TsKB MT Rubin, is a military defense industry manufacturer known to make all of the country’s submarines. The design bureau reportedly built the Russian undersea nuclear drone.
The rate of Russia’s nuclear weapons developments over the course of recent years has reportedly caused a significant amount of concern for leaders in the United States Military. The undersea drone could feasibly be used to attack American ports and bases, including those where ballistic missile submarines are in use.
The United States currently operated two nuclear missile submarine bases. One is located at Kings Bay in Georgia. Kings Bay is located just north of the Florida border. The other nuclear missile base is in Puget Sound in Washington State.
A doctrine recently adopted by Russian leaders reportedly vowed to increase its reliance on nuclear weapons during a conflict. The doctrine also states Russia is willing to escalate to weapons of mass destruction at a quick pace in an effort to compensate for its antiquated conventional equipment.
Intelligence officials in the United States have also reportedly detected the development of a new breed of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons in Russia. Such weapons could be easily deployed for use in regional conflicts.
“The Status-6, a nuclear powered, nuclear armed drone submarine, is the most irresponsible nuclear weapons program that Putin’s Russia has come up with,” former Pentagon official Mark Schneider said.
Schneider is now involved with the National Institute for Public Policy.
Engaging in such warfare tactics violate existing armed conflict laws, March Schneider also noted. Vladimir Putin appears undeterred about breaking international guidelines when creating his nation’s new weapon.

Russia Building Nuclear Submarine Drone (Daniel 7:7)

Russia is building a nuclear-armed drone submarine

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Russia is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons against U.S. harbors and coastal cities, according to Pentagon officials.
The developmental unmanned underwater vehicle, or UUV, when deployed, will be equipped with megaton-class warheads capable of blowing up key ports used by U.S. nuclear missile submarines, such as Kings Bay, Ga., and Puget Sound in Washington state.
Details of the secret Russian nuclear UUV program remain closely held within the U.S. government.
The Pentagon, however, has code-named the drone “Kanyon,” an indication that the weapon is a structured Russian arms program.
The nuclear drone submarine is further evidence of what officials say is an aggressive strategic nuclear forces modernization under President Vladimir Putin. The building is taking place as the Obama administration has sought to reduce the role of nuclear arms in U.S. defenses and to rely on a smaller nuclear force for deterrence.
Officials familiar with details of the Kanyon program said the weapon is envisioned as an autonomous submarine strike vehicle armed with a nuclear warhead ranging in size to “tens” of megatons in yield. A blast created by a nuclear weapon that size would create massive damage over wide areas.
A megaton is the equivalent of 1 million tons of TNT.
On missiles, megaton warheads are called “city busters” designed to destroy entire metropolitan areas or to blast buried targets. An underwater megaton-class drone weapon would be used to knock out harbors and coastal regions, the officials said, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the information.
“This is an unmanned sub that will have a high-speed and long-distance capability,” said one official, who noted that the drone development is years away from a prototype and testing.
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Desmond Boylan/ReutersA deactivated Soviet-era SS-4 medium range nuclear capable ballistic missile displayed at La Cabana fortress in Havana, on Oct. 13, 2012.
The Kanyon appears to be part of a Russian strategic modernization effort that seeks to give Moscow the ability to coerce the United States. It is also expected to complicate the Obama administration’s attempts to seek further reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear forces after the 2010 New START arms treaty.
New arms cuts were derailed after Russia’s military annexation of Crimea and continuing destabilization of eastern Ukraine, as well as by Moscow’s failure to return to compliance with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
“It’s very difficult to consider Russia a responsible party when it’s developing something like this,” the official said.
Another official familiar with the program said that the Kanyon will be a large nuclear-powered autonomous submarine. This official said the size of its nuclear warhead is not clear.
Russian leaders announced a new maritime strategy in July that provided hints about the new drone sub. The doctrine calls for developing innovative technologies, including unmanned underwater vehicles, IHS Jane’s 360 reported last month.
The new underwater nuclear weapon is also raising concerns among Pentagon strategic planners. The Navy, in particular, is worried about the Kanyon. Navy forces are charged with conducting underwater warfare operations, including countering enemy submarines.
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Flickr/US NavyUS Navy’s USS Rhode Island returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay after three months at sea.
Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, declined to comment on the nuclear-armed underwater drone.
The Pentagon said last week that it is closely watching a Russian military research ship that sailed along the east coast of the United States. The ship, a research vessel called the Yantar, was engaged in underwater reconnaissance, gathering intelligence that could be used to support a weapon system like the nuclear UUV.
While the United States currently has no similar plans for a megaton-class underwater nuclear strike vehicle, the Navy is developing a range of UUVs, including a weapons-carrying drone.
The Pentagon is in the process of retiring all of its megaton weapons. The stockpile of 9-megaton B53 bunker-buster bombs were dismantled several years ago, and the 1.2 megaton-B83 will be retired after the upgraded B61 bomb is deployed.
Russia’s arsenal of megaton warheads and bombs includes an estimated five SS-18s armed with 20-megaton warheads and previously deployed 5-megaton warheads on SS-19s. Moscow once built the largest nuclear weapon, the 150-megaton bomb called the Tsar Bomba, or “Tsar of bombs.”
China uses megaton warheads on its DF-5A missiles. The two-dozen DF-5As are said to be armed with 5-megaton warheads.
Goal: causing catastrophic damage
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“The Kanyon represents another example of Russia’s aggressive and innovative approach to the development of military capabilities against U.S. and Western interests,” said Jack Caravelli, a former CIA analyst who specialized in Soviet and Russian affairs.
“The possible yield of the warhead, in the megaton class, clearly is an attempt to inflict catastrophic damage against U.S. or European naval facilities or coastal cities,” he added. “Nations vote with their resources, and the Kanyon, along with an expanding number of other military modernization programs, indicates the priority Vladimir Putin places on military preparedness against the West.”
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Kanyon UUV/Artist’s rendering
Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear policymaker, said Russian state-run media have announced plans for UUV development.
“In 2014, Putin stated that there were undisclosed strategic nuclear modernization programs that would be made public at the appropriate time,” Schneider said.
A Russian weapons engineer told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency in June that UUVs are being developed.
“Our institute already concluded a number of new developments in the sphere of command systems automation… [including] remotely-operated, unmanned sea-based underwater vehicles. We hope that these developments will be applied for designing of a new destroyer vessel,” said Lev Klyachko, director of the Russian Central Research Institute.
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Robert Kehler, who retired two years ago as commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said development of a robot underwater nuclear strike vehicle could be part of what he termed a “troubling” Russian strategic nuclear buildup.
“Overall, we were watching the Russian nuclear modernization effort very carefully,” Kehler said in an interview. “And that effort was finally starting to put forces in the field.”
Kehler said he was not “particularly bothered” by the Russian nuclear buildup as long as Moscow stays within the limits of the New START arms treaty. The treaty limits the United States and Russia to 700 strategic missiles and bombers and a total of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads. The retired four-star Air Force general said he was unaware of the Kanyon drone program.
However, recent threats and belligerent statements by Russian leaders about using nuclear weapons are compounding concerns about Moscow’s arms buildup.
“That was disturbing as well, their rhetoric,” Kehler said. “Again, that said something about how nuclear weapons fit in their national security. From their perspective, they’re saying, ‘We still need these weapons.’”
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REUTERS/Sergei KarpukhinRussian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015.
Putin has stated publicly that he is willing to use Russia’s nuclear forces in response to Western opposition to the military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.
Pavel Felgenhauer, a Russian military analyst, said he has not heard about the Kanyon program. “But such things could have easily been developed during the Cold War and may be still being developed or modernized,” he said.
Felgenhauer said a nuclear drone submarine would involve launch from a mother sub and would require getting close to a target, something he said would result in a “semi-suicidal” bombing run.
Russia has researched exotic nuclear weapons concepts in the past, including underwater blasts aimed at creating massive tsunamis, like those caused by undersea earthquakes, he said.
However, Felgenhauer said he does not believe the underwater nuclear drone would be a mainstream weapons development program for Moscow.
Based on Soviet nuclear torpedo
torpedo battleshipWikimedia CommonsA MK-32 Mod 15 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tube (SVTT) fires a MK-46 Mod 5 lightweight torpedo from the starboard side of the recently commissioned guided missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), during a Combat Systems Ship Qualification Test (CSSQT).
Norman Polmar, a naval analyst and author, said the Kanyon could be based on a Soviet-era nuclear torpedo disclosed in his 2003 book, Cold War Submarines.
Both the Russian navy and its predecessor, the Soviet navy, have been innovators of undersea systems and weapons. “These efforts have included the world’s most advanced torpedoes,” Polmar said. “Early in the nuclear age, the Soviets began development of a massive torpedo for attacking coastal cities and ports.”
The T-15 torpedo was about 75 feet long and was capable of carrying a high-yield thermonuclear warhead some 15 miles underwater, something Polmar called “a truly innovative concept.”
The Navy is developing UUVs as well, including some capable of conducting strike operations. No details of the Navy’s underwater drone program could be learned.
A 2004 Navy study on the subject lists nine functions for underwater drones, ranging from intelligence gathering to anti-mine warfare to special operations delivery and “time critical strike.”
“Warfighters need the ability to strike time critical targets at precisely the right moment in battle,” the Navy study said. “UUVs can perform some of the necessary functions for [time critical strike], for example, clandestine weapon delivery or remote launch.”
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US Navy via FlickrThe US Navy tests a UUV.
“Stealth and long-standoff distance and duration allow a UUV to be an effective weapon platform or weapon cache delivery vehicle for TCS missions.”
The UUV is part of a major nuclear modernization by Russia that includes a new class of ballistic missile submarine called the Borey-class, and a new submarine-launched missile, the Bulava.
Two new intercontinental ballistic missiles are being deployed as well, along with development of three more new ICBMs, including a replacement for the SS-18 and a new rail-mobile missile. A new strategic bomber is also under development, and there are reported plans to restart production of the Tu-160 Blackjack bomber.
Russia is also developing a new long-range, air-launched nuclear-tipped cruise missile, the KH-101, which will be capable of hitting targets in the United States from launch areas within Russian airspace.
Navy seeking UUVs
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Navy Secretary Ray Maybus said in a speech in April that unmanned systems are a high priority for future Navy weapons.
“While unmanned technology itself is not new, the potential impact these systems will have on the way we operate is almost incalculable,” Maybus said.
The submarine warfare division of the chief of naval operations stated on its website that the future submarine force will include UUVs.

“UUVs allow an [attack submarine] to safely gain access to denied areas with revolutionary sensors and weapons,” the website stated. “UUVs provide unique capabilities and extend the ‘reach’ of our platforms while reducing the risk to an [attack submarine]” and its crew.

The site made no mention of a future UUV strike weapon, only intelligence and reconnaissance, mine warfare, and mapping.
“UUVs are key elements in maintaining submarines’ future undersea dominance against any threat.”

Including enemy submarines.

Korean Nuclear Horn Ramps Up Its Nuclear Weapons

North Korea apparently building at nuclear site, IAEA says

Mon Sep 7, 2015 | 8:02 AM EDT

VIENNA (Reuters) – North Korea appears to be renovating and building facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear site, a central element of its atomic weapons program, the U.N. nuclear agency’s head said on Monday.

A report by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in April said satellite images showed that activity at the site’s main nuclear reactor may have resumed after a shutdown.

North Korea, which is believed to have carried out nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, has not granted IAEA inspectors access to its facilities since 2009, reducing the agency to monitoring its nuclear activities from outside the country.

“We have observed renovation and construction activities at various locations within the site,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told a closed-door meeting of his agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna, according to a text of his speech.

These appear to be broadly consistent with the DPRK’s statements that it is further developing its nuclear capabilities,” he said, referring to North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Although North and South Korea recently averted a full-scale military confrontation and agreed to improve ties after a rare exchange of artillery fire over their heavily fortified border, tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high.

China, North Korea’s closest ally, called on Wednesday for a resumption of talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

The so-called six-party talks — between China, the United States, Japan, Russia and the two Koreas — were last held more than six years ago despite numerous efforts to restart them.

The ISIS report in April said the main reactor at Yongbyon may be operating again at low power or intermittently, and that a centrifuge plant, a facility for the enrichment of uranium, had operated. It also said renovations might be imminent.

Amano did not say where within the Yongbyon site the renovation and construction activities were being carried out.

“We continue to monitor developments at the Yongbyon site, mainly through satellite imagery,” Amano said.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Saudi Arabia Guaranteed Nukes (Daniel 7:7)

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Saudi Arabia Will Not Stop Building or Acquiring Nukes

CNN News asked the Arabian ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nulear weapons, he said that the subject is not for them to discuss publicly. “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on,” he added.
The discretion of the ambassador in ruling out a military nuclear programme may rekindle the concerns that the autocratic monarchy has its eye on a nuclear arsenal.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia maintain close relations and sometimes said to have a special relationship. At present, the two countries have close military ties and conduct joint exercises.
The Saudi Arabian administration already possesses medium-range ballistic missiles as well in the form of the Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force. In addition to this, it has a civilian nuclear programme of the kind that Iran says it wants to obtain.
A senior Saudi told the Times newspaper in 2012 that it would be completely politically unacceptable to have Iran with a nuclear capability and not the kingdom.
\A deal with Iran on its nuclear programme is possible, according to the US and other Western allies. However, Iran denies that it is building nuclear weapons.
At present, Saudi’s military operation against the moving Shia Houthi group in Yemen has been joined by Egyptian, Jordanian, as well as Moroccan forces.

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