Russia the World’s Dominant Military Power
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Russia, not America, is the world’s dominant military superpower, a reality not going down well in Washington.
In March, Putin explained Russia’s technological superiority to America and the West – its formidable weapons enough to give Washington pause about attacking the country.
Moscow’s advanced weapons outmatch the Pentagon’s best. They include:
• a 200-ton Sarmat ICBM able to successfully breach ABM defenses;
• a low-flying stealth nuclear-powered cruise missile with a far greater range than US ones;
• a nuclear-powered, high-speed, unmanned submersible vehicle – able to operate undetected at great ocean depths, armed with conventional or nuclear missiles;
• a new hypersonic missile with greater than Mach-5 speed (Mach-1 the speed of sound), carrying nuclear or conventional warheads, able to penetrate ABM defenses;
• new hypersonic, high-precision missiles able to “hit targets at inter-continental distance and can adjust their altitude and course as they travel,” Putin explained.
• significant progress made in laser weapons technology, Putin called a new “cutting-edge system.”
The Saker called the above revelations “match and game over for the Empire: there is no more military option against Russia.”
Addressing graduates of Moscow’s military academies in the Grand Kremlin Palace on Thursday, Putin said the nation’s armed forces successfully demonstrated their prowess in combating (US-supported) terrorists in Syria.
New generation armaments were developed, technological breakthroughs unmatched in the West or elsewhere, said Putin stressing:
“A number of Russian weapons’ systems are years, if not decades, ahead of similar foreign products.”
“(A)n experiment to deploy the latest Kinzhal air-launched missiles in the Southern Federal District is underway.”
“Avangard intercontinental missile systems (able to travel at 20-times the speed of sound) will be delivered to the army in the near future…” It can change course and altitude in flight, making it “absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defense means.”
Sarmat ICBM deliveries “will follow within one year,” able to strike targets accurately anywhere in the world with multiple nuclear or other warheads.
“This is only part of the modern armaments that are expected to improve Russia’s potential several-fold,” Putin explained.
Advanced nuclear weapons were developed. The Kinzhal hypersonic missile is near-operational.
Against this backdrop, Putin and Trump will meet for summit talks in Helsinki, Finland on July 16.
Longstanding US hostility toward Russia virtually assures no meaningful breakthroughs, at most the false appearance of positive change in bilateral relations alone.
Virtually the entire Congress and US media are militantly hostile to Moscow and Vladimir Putin.
No matter how well he and Trump get along, Congress can block any positive change in bilateral relations.
America’s near-unanimously passed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), signed into law by Trump last year, calls for imposing tough sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia.
Despite DPRK/US summit talks, a state of hostility exists between Washington and Pyongyang, the same true for Tehran and Moscow.
Trump’s summit with Putin and what follows won’t change things. America seeks global hegemony by whatever means it takes to achieve its objectives – wars and color revolutions its favored strategies.
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