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New Missiles and Hypersonic Weapons Will Allow Russia to Move From Nuclear to...

• http://russia-insider.com, Dave Majumdar

Russia is starting to move away from relying on its non-strategic nuclear weapons as it starts to field new long-range precision-guided weapons such as the Kalibr cruise missile. Eventually, the Russians hope to use long-range hypersonic weapons for long-range conventional deterrence.

"Due to the gained momentum in high-precision weapons and current research in hypersonic missiles, the main part of strategic deterrence tasks can be transferred from the nuclear to the non-nuclear sphere," Russia's chief of the general staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov said at the Russian Defense Ministry's November 7 board session.

As predicted by many analysts focusing on the Russian military, the Kremlin is moving away from relying on its nuclear weapons as its long-range conventional strike capabilities improve.

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