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Russia Test Fires Ballistic Missiles

On October 21, Russia tested two submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) during military exercises in the Barents Sea. According to Russia’s Ministry of Defense, the tests were intended to verify the operation of its SS-N-18 (R-29R) SLBMs, which are reportedly nearing the end of their service life. During the test, one of the missiles failed to...

Russia Drills Nuclear Forces

On October 15, Russia initiated a major drill of its Strategic Missile Force Dubbed “Thunder 2019,” the exercises are expected to conclude on October 17. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the drill will involve 12,000 troops, 213 missile launchers, 105 aircraft, 15 surface ships, 5 submarines, and 310 items of additional hardware. Russia...