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Belarus Buys Iskanders, S-400 From Russia

On May 19, 2022, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus purchased an unspecified number of Iskander missiles and S-400 air defense systems from Russia. According to Lukashenko, Belarus obtained as many Iskander missiles and S-400 systems as its military “needed.” This announcement comes as Belarus continues to allow the Russian military to use land in...

Russia Tests Fires Sarmat ICBM

On April 20, the Russian military announced it had successfully executed the first test of its Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Russia’s Defense Ministry said the launch proved the missile’s effectiveness “in all phases of its flight.” U.S. Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby said that Russia had informed the United States about the...

White House to Bar Antisatellite Missile Tests

On April 18, the Biden administration said it would halt U.S. antisatellite missile testing. The White House directive focuses on “direct-ascent” weapons that use interceptor missiles launched from Earth to hit a satellite target hundreds of miles into space. This announcement comes after Russia launched a missile to destroy a non-operational Soviet-era satellite in November...

Russia Deploys Missile Decoys in Ukraine

On March 14, the New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials found decoy devices among Russian missiles fired into Ukraine. These decoys were released by Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles, which Russia has fired on Ukraine from mobile launchers within Ukrainian territory. The decoys are filled with electronics and generate radio signals to throw off...

Russia Deploys Coastal Defenses by the Kuril Islands

On December 2, Russia’s Defense Ministry posted a video showing the military had deployed Bastion coastal defense missile systems close to the Kuril Islands, territory claimed by both Russia and Japan. Russia deployed the Bastion to the island of Matua, located in the middle of the Kuril Island chain. The deployment follows past coastal defense...

Russia Test Fires Zircon Hypersonic Missile

On November 29, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it test fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile. Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate launched the Zircon while in the White Sea, successfully striking a target 400 km away. The Zircon has a claimed range of 1,000 km and is planned to equip Russian cruisers, frigates, and submarines. 

Russia Conducts Antisatellite Missile Test

On November 15, Russia conducted an antisatellite missile test, reportedly using an S-500 Prometey interceptor to intercept a long-defunct Soviet signals intelligence satellite. The intercept created over 1,500 pieces of trackable debris. Russia last tested an antisatellite missile in December 2020, although that test did not involve a kinetic intercept.

Russia Conducts Air and Missile Defense Drill

On November 1, Russia concluded a large-scale air and missile defense exercise at a range in the country’s Astrakhan region. In a release, Russia’s Ministry of Defense stated the drills involved over 1,000 servicemembers and over 300 pieces of military hardware, including the S-400V4, Buk-M3, and Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile systems. During the drills, air defense...

Russia Launches Zircon Hypersonic Missiles from Submarine

On October 3 and 4, Russia’s defense ministry announced its first and second flight tests of a Zircon hypersonic missile from attack submarine Severodvinsk (K-560). In the first test, Russia’s navy fired the missile from the surfaced submarine in the Barents Sea, striking a “hypothetical sea target.” In a second test, announced October 4, Severodvinsk...