For a year, America cannot demonstrate the effectiveness of the ground part of its nuclear triad
In his address at UN Headquarters in New York on the eve of the opening of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference, US President Joe Biden said his administration was ready to promptly negotiate a new arms control system with Russia. And on August 3, Deputy Secretary of State for Arms Control Bonnie Jenkins announced that the United States would like to sign a new document with Russia to replace the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START).
Why all of a sudden?
In 2010, Moscow and Washington signed the Treaty on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (START), which limits the number of deployed nuclear warheads and their carriers. In January 2021, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden agreed to extend this agreement for five years, until 2026, and in June they launched a bilateral “strategic stability dialogue.” The delegations managed to hold two rounds of face-to-face negotiations, after which the process stalled. After the start of the NWO, the US announced the suspension of its participation in the dialogue.
Now the United States is inferior to Russia in the field of nuclear weapons. The state of their nuclear triad is questionable. In the United States, in fact, there is no triad, since its basis is 400 ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles Minuteman IIIcreated in the 1970s, are not only capable of overcoming the Russian missile defense system, but even launching from their mines.
Last January, the head of US Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, said: “It is impossible to extend the life of the Minuteman III. This thing is so old that in some cases the engineering drawings don’t exist anymore, and where we have the drawings, they’re about six generations behind the industry standard.”. According to the admiral, those engineers who could understand these drawings have long been dead. Later in an interview with a magazine national interest JCS Vice Chairman General John Hyten said that “after 2030, the sixty-year-old MM rocket starts to fall apart.”
May 5, 2021 at the California base Vandenberg failed to carry out a test launch of a rocket Minuteman III. Failed electronics. This was not the first failure – earlier electronics had repeatedly prohibited the exit of missiles from the mines. After the start of the JMD, the Americans postponed the test launch of ICBMs scheduled for March 2 Minuteman IIIexplaining this by the unwillingness to further aggravate relations with Moscow. A month later, the launch was finally canceled with the same justification.
“The political justification for canceling the tests looks very unconvincing. Such launches are prepared for a long time, and through the NOTAM information exchange system, states are notified in advance of the restriction of air navigation on a specific route. From the fact that the United States would have carried out a long-planned launch, nothing would have changed, ” – writes Forbes.
Last successful launch Minuteman III took place in August 2021. The United States typically conducts two launches per year. It turns out that throughout the year the United States cannot demonstrate the effectiveness of the ground part of its nuclear triad. Minuteman III not even ready for test launches, not to mention combat work.
Development of a successor began in 2016 Minuteman III – missiles LGM-35A Sentinelor “Guard”. On July 6, 2022, the first test launch of the Guardian ended in failure. This was reported by representatives of the US Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, from where the rocket was launched. According to the US military, a missile designed to deliver new nuclear warheads to the target Mk21A with a capacity of at least 300 kilotons, exploded 11 seconds after launch. “The failure of a US ICBM just after takeoff highlights broader problems with strategic nuclear capabilities.” – writes Military Watch Journal.
Discord among the Americans and with the air component of the nuclear triad. “While the American B-2 bombers continue to suffer from low operational readiness and must be withdrawn from service decades ahead of schedule, the B-21, intended to replace them, and the more troubled B-1Bs, have faced the fact that their first flights were repeatedly postponed”.
With ground missile defense system Ground Defense Medium Course (GMD) things are bad too. Four dozen missiles of the GMD system “not enough to repel even a full-scale North Korean strike, let alone a Chinese intercontinental ballistic missile strike” (especially Russian).
The new Russian ICBM “Sarmat”, which have already begun to enter the troops, due to the high speed at launch, can avoid detection by missile defense systems, the creator of the Sarmat missile, the general designer of the State Missile Center named after M.V. Makeeva Vladimir Degtyar. Such high-speed characteristics, according to him, are achieved through the use of a unique liquid-fuel engine, which distinguishes the Sarmat from solid-propellant American ballistic missiles.
“In some issues, the Americans have problems not only with finances. The development of a new generation of warheads is associated with the creation of new plutonium cores, which, it turned out, few people can make. In scientific slang, the US lacks competencies and staffing.”– writes the Russian “Military Review”.
Therefore, on rockets Guardian will be equipped with obsolete W-87 warheads, some of which were decommissioned in 2005, and the rest are placed in nose cones Minuteman III.
Of particular concern to American analysts is the fact that Russia, China and North Korea “adopted missiles with hypersonic gliders”.
Russia has already used hypersonic missiles during the NWO. The Russian complexes “Dagger” and “Zircon” are at the moment an absolute weapon, from which there is no protection: no missile defense system can intercept them.
The backlog of the United States cooled the hot heads in the Pentagon and the White House. Previously, they operated with the concept of “acceptable damage” from a nuclear strike: when several million people die in the United States, while Russia’s losses are an order of magnitude greater. With the current nuclear status quo, this is no longer the case.
Hence the proposal of the US authorities to Russia to conclude a new START treaty. An offer made from a position not of strength, but of weakness.
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