RUSSIA has recently commenced building of its “death trains”, a nuclear project which the country abandoned in 2005. The intercontinental ballistic missiles project is said to be dependent on some covert and complex rail lines which has been upgraded to remain untraceable from the outside world.
According to a report from Sputnik.com, the warheads were named “death” or “phantom trains” due to it’s ability to avoid detection from enemies.
In the event of war, the “death trains” (BZhRKs) can fire missiles without giving out its targeted locations.
After the United States manufactured some submarines with nuclear capabilities, the Soviet Union responded with these “death trains” in 1969. History has it that during this period, the USSR operated 12 BZhRKs with three missile launchers each.
The counter-threat from Putin’s Cold War government was considered a working solution as the machines traveled around Russia through rail roads, concealed in cargo trains – a strategy which was applied to avoid satelite surveillance.
According to Sputnik, the three missile launchers needed three locomotives to move around the country at that time. Regrettably, the warheads were so heavy that railroad tracks got damaged.
Russian military industry official Viktor Murakhovsky, told the government-owned news outlet: “They [BZhRKs] the will not need any specific big cars. They will completely coincide with the existing parameters of railcars and will therefore be completely hidden from a foe’s reconnaissance and surveillance.
“Moreover, the system will enable launches virtually everywhere on the railway bed in contrast with the previous system that required special launch conditions.”
The new project, codenamed ‘Barguzin’, will carry six ICBMs (inter-continental ballistic missiles), the report adds.
A Russian BZhRK’s cars can resist an explosion of a nuclear warhead just several hundred meters away. Such a train can run for a month autonomously and pass up to 1,000 kilometers daily at the speed of nearly 100 kmph.
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Konovalov is the president of the Institute for Strategic Assessment, a Moscow-based private think-tank.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, he said: “We’re better off developing telecoms systems, unmanned drones and precision weapons, not these monsters.”
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