The country’s military has revealed it will develop its next generation of ballistic nuclear weapons by 2013.
They will be paid for under the state’s current $600 billion weapons program.
The program also envisions the creation of inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of beating all existing defense shields.
“We already have lots of ideas for the construction of these weapons,” declared a chief engineer from the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, Yury Solomonov. “All the decisions were approved by Russia’s Defense Ministry.”
Critics, however, have slammed the project, saying it is based on technology 30 years out of date.
Meanwhile, the first test flight of the intercontinental nuclear missile Bulava is scheduled for June, its designer announced.
The Bulava missile is to become the heart of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.