Issue Brief on “Russia’s New Anti Missile Defense Systems”


Russia has revealed an array of new nuclear capable weapons systems primarily designed to defeat US missile defense systems. Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed details of the systems during his annual State of the Union address on March 1, 2018. His address came just weeks before Russian presidential election is due which he is expected to win comfortably to a fourth presidential term.

The message he delivered during his speech seemed to be twofold: to the West – do not push us; and to the Russian people that voting for President Putin would be voting for national security.

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