Accession Number:

AD1092439

Title:

Russia's Nuclear Weapons: Doctrine, Forces, and Modernization

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

Congressional Research Service Washington United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2020-01-02

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

Russias nuclear forces consist of both long-range, strategic systems--including intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles SLBMs, and heavy bombers--and shorter- and medium-range delivery systems. Russia is modernizing its nuclear forces, replacing Soviet-era systems with new missiles, submarines and aircraft while developing new types of delivery systems. Although Russias number of nuclear weapons has declined sharply since the end of Cold War, it retains a stockpile of thousands of warheads, with more than 1,500 warheads deployed on missiles and bombers capable of reaching U.S. territory.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Guided Missiles
  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE