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Focus on Russia's Nuclear Strategy: The ‘Liner’ R&D Programme

As Western missile defence systems become more effective, could independently powered, manoeuvrable nuclear warheads be the answer to Russia's prayers?

  On 20 May the Russian Northern Fleet’s K-84 Ekaterinburg nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) launched the R-29RMU2 ‘Sineva’ SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile). Just another test-launch of another Russian SLBM – but this time it has revealed a great deal about the scale of Russia’s concern about the US anti-ballistic missile (ABM) development and deployment plans. Five days after this event, media leaks disclosed that the 20 May launch was

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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