Russia’s Apocalypse Train to Hit Road in 2020

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Russia’s apocalypse train will hit the railroads before the current decade ends. In 2019, Russia will test an ICBM from a ‘death train’ equipped with a missile. The operational deployment for the train will be on 2020.

Russia’s apocalypse train will be ready by 2020

In November 2016, Russia tested the mobile ICBMs. The announcement on the plans for the mobile missile system came two years ago. The 2016 testing is an early trial of the missile which is hailed as a success. The next testing would likely be in 2019, prior to its official operational deployment.

The manufacturer equipped the BzhRK or the Barguzin ‘railroad combat complex’ with six RS-24 Yars ICBMs with a fifty-five-ton missile. Reportedly, it will carry up to ten nuclear warheads which are deployed in fixed silos, as well as on mobile truck-mounted launchers. The train will have five railroad missile regiments. Each regiment will consist of one train and six ballistic missiles instead of three.

The Barguzin is not a new concept for Russia. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union fielded some train-launched ICBMs. The Barguzin is the revival of the 1960 Soviet Union’s train concept. However, the units were phased out in 2005. Basically, there are twelve trains equipped with RT-23 Scalpel missiles.

Enemies will have a hard time spotting the mobile missile system

The enemies will have a hard time determining the locations of the deadly trains. Moreover, enemies will have a hard time determining the place where they will fire a nuclear missile. The trains will not need any specific big cars. The trains can coincide with the current parameters of railcars. The enemy’s reconnaissance and surveillance operations can The system can virtually launch everywhere in contrast to the previous concept of the trains.

A Chinese report explained the creation of Russia’s apocalypse train

Russia’s decision to implement the death trains caught the attention of China which tested a rail-mounted ICBM in 2015. A report from the Chinese media suggested that Russia’s missile train is a countermove to deter the U.S.A.’s global missile defense system as well as the CPGS or prompt global strike program of hypersonic missiles.

The creation of the mobile ICBMs suggested that the Russian leaders want to ramp up their arsenal. Train-based ICBMS have some advantages over fixed silos. The ICBM trains can launch at any location without warning without fear of interception. However, it also has some drawbacks. The maintenance of a missile within a train is more difficult. In addition, rail lines and roads will have obstacles, restricting the ICBMs in the certain location. Moreover, when the enemy locates the mobile missiles, it is more vulnerable than most hardened stationary silos.

Sources: Popular Mechanics, The Independent

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