With all the talk about an impending World War 3, Russia did not seem to be interested in alleviating fears this week as they unveiled new weaponry, an advanced attack helicopter said to be more than a match for any other like helicopter and a nuclear weapon, the "Satan 2," so powerful it could "wipe out Texas."
The Express reported this week that Russia has introduced what it claims is the most advanced attack helicopter in the world, the "Night Hunter" gunship. The Mi-28NM, the aircraft's military designation, has been touted by Russian military commanders as a craft that can "substantially outperform" the best attack helicopters currently used by Western nations. The officials insisted the gunships, which are armed with guided missiles and smart bombs, are superior to even the Boeing Apache attack helicopters, a staple of the U.S. military.
According to the state-operated Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, each Night Hunter helicopter will have its own fleet of drones and will have a laser defense system. Yevgeny Poluyanov of Moscow's Mil Experimental Design Bureau said about the Night Hunter, "The helicopter is also equipped with the latest anti-jamming system and a laser array designed to deflect all existing heat-seeking missiles."
The formidable attack helicopter is expected to be ready for deployment within the next few months.
News of the new Russian attack helicopter comes in the wake of reports of the latest design for the replacement for the R-36M Voevoda (the original "Satan" weapon) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Dubbed the "Satan 2," the RS-28 Sarmat will be ready for deployment in 2018. The original report on the Satan 2 was posted in May by the Russian news network Zvezda, but the American mainstream media, prompted undoubtedly by the increased interest in and fear of an imminent World War 3, only recently made mention of the weapon.
As Sputnik News reported, the Satan 2 has been in development since 2009. Russian military officials say it will fully replace the original Voevoda missiles by 2020.
The English-language news site said the Zvezda broadcaster described the missile as having the capability of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France. The Satan 2 supposedly will not only be the fastest ballistic missile ever designed, part of its capabilities will reportedly be the ability to evade and/or defend against defense missiles.
The Satan 2 replacement operation is just the latest in Russia's continuing commitment to refurbishing and modernizing its nuclear weapons arsenal. The United States announced at the end of September, according to the Inquisitr, that it would be replacing its aging Minuteman III nuclear missiles, around since the 1960s, with a new system within the next two decades.
In recent months, fears have mounted over a possible confrontation between the world's two foremost nuclear powers, Russia and the U.S., that could lead to World War 3. Diplomatic tensions have increased since the military annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, not to mention the subsequent border encroachments into Ukraine. At the same time, as has been tracked by the Inquisitr, eastern Europe has become a staging area for escalating military drills and troop deployments. But it was Russia's entry into the Syrian civil war in September, 2015, that saw the threat of World War 3 become a looming and ever-present danger.
Just in the last few weeks, Russia and the United States have both made military miscalculations in Syria, mistakes that have prompted the other to cry foul. At the same time, neither will commit to an agreed-upon plan for scheduling air sorties so as to decrease the possibility of an aerial confrontation between Russia and Syria on one side and the United States and the its many allies providing support for the Syrian rebels as well as fighting the Islamic State. And the ongoing cease-fire negotiations have been sporadic and non-productive.
With even state-run Russian television fanning the flames of fear of a nuclear confrontation, according to a mid-October Inquisitr report, it is not difficult to see why many might live in constant dread of a potential World War 3. And given Russia's penchant for producing new weapons and putting them on display, that dread is not going to dissipate anytime soon.
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