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Analyzing Russia's Nuclear Forces

  • July 2013
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  • 55 pages

In a world hungry for power, Russia is known to possess one of the largest stock of weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons. It is estimated that there are over 3200 active strategic nuclear warheads in Russia's arsenal, along with a large, but unknown number of tactical nuclear weapons. With the signing of the New Start between the United States and Russia, the nuclear warfare situation amongst these two countries is expected to change in the coming years.


In this industry scenario, Aruvian’s R’search brings to you an analysis of Russia’s Nuclear Forces in its research report Analyzing Russia’s Nuclear Forces. The report is a complete coverage of the country’s nuclear capabilities. Beginning with an understanding of the Russian Armed Forces, the report looks into the history of the Armed Forces in Russia, the reforms that have changed the industry landscape and the industry structure at present.


There was a tense situation concerning the fate of nuclear weapons after the breakup of Soviet Union. The report covers this issue in details in section C of the report and also explains the industry scenario after the breakup, in terms of which former Soviet country got how many nuclear weapons in its arsenal.


Moving on to Section D, the report carries out an analysis of Russia’s nuclear weapons. This section covers the nuclear arsenal at present, the Doctrine of Limited Nuclear War that is followed by Russia, Russia’s policy and posturing on use of nuclear weapons, etc. The section also analyzes the industry situation in terms of Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarines owned by Russia, along with the scenario for Russia’s strategic bombers and non-strategic weapons.
Russia has been known to have a strained foreign policy of sorts with Europe as well as the United States. We analyze this foreign policy in relation to nuclear power.


Section F carries out an in-depth analysis of the New START Treaty and what all it details in terms of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Submarine-launched Ballistic Missiles and Submarines, and strategic bombers. There is also an analysis on the impact of the New START treaty on Russia’s offensive and defensive strategies.
Summing up with the nuclear proliferation agreement of Russia, this report carries out an in-depth analysis of Russia’s Nuclear Forces.

Table Of Contents

Analyzing Russia's Nuclear Forces
A. Executive Summary

B. Understanding the Russian Armed Forces
B.1 Overview
B.2 History of the Armed Forces in Russia
B.3 Reforms in the Industry
B.4 Industry Structure

C. Nuclear Weapons after the Breakup of Soviet Union

D. Russia's Nuclear Weapons
D.1 Overview
D.2 Russia's Nuclear Arsenal
D.3 Russian Doctrine of Limited Nuclear War
D.4 Russian Policy and Posturing
D.5 Nuclear-powered Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs)
D.6 Strategic Bombers
D.7 Non-strategic Weapons

E. Role of Nuclear Weapons in Russia's Foreign Policy
E.1 Overview
E.2 Strain in Russia-US Relations
E.3 Russia's Policy for Europe

F. Russia's Nuclear Forces under the New START Treaty
F.1 Overview
F.2 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)
F.3 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles and Submarines
F.4 Strategic Bombers
F.5 Impact of the Treaty on Offense and Defense

G. Nuclear Proliferation

H. Industry Forecast

I. Appendix
I.1 Historical US-Russian Nuclear Arms Control Agreements
I.1.1 SALT I
I.1.2 SALT II
I.1.3 START I
I.1.4 START II
I.1.5 START III Framework
I.1.6 SORT
I.1.7 New START
I.1.8 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty
I.1.9 Presidential Nuclear Initiatives
I.1 Figures and Tables

J. Glossary of Terms

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