What nuclear weapons does Russia have in its arsenal? - explainer

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What nuclear weapons does Russia have in its arsenal? - explainer
Russia is estimated to have around 6,000 nuclear weapons in its possession, and Putin is threatening to use them. But what exactly are these weapons, and what can all of them do?
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: OCTOBER 1, 2022

Recent threats by Russian president Vladimir Putin have put the world’s powers on edge as they weigh whether the Ukraine conflict could escalate to the use of nuclear weapons by Russia. Over the weekend, Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) said it had detected an “irregular presence” of Russian TU-160 and TU-95 strategic bombers deployed to the Olenya Airbase near Finland. According to the satellite images, four TU-160s were detected on August 21, and three TU-95s were detected on September 25. Both of these aircraft have the capability to carry nuclear weapons.

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daygo

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With One ballistic missile launch with multiple warheads they could make most of Ukraine uninhabitable. And of course whoever is downwind would also suffer greatly. Some of their nuclear arsenal is 2nd to none.
If the wind is direction of Russia, how much of Russia be effected t.t
 

Tall Timbers

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If the wind is direction of Russia, how much of Russia be effected t.t

Hopefully for Russia's own sake they wouldn't launch nukes when there's a surface wind that eould contaminate areas of Russia.

The poison would likely find its way around most of the world in a deleted form.
 

Wally

Choose your words carefully...
Its been a while, but I remember USSR's nukes were lagging in power, but not in headcount. That was part of their plan to defeat star-wars devices.
Launch BIG missiles with 10-30 MIRVs [multiple independent return vehicles] - dummy and real warheads, so we cant get them all.

Where our devices are precision and have really high yields, but only a few MIRVs per missile.

Yet, after seeing the shoddy condition of the equipment used in Ukraine, one wonders if their stuff will even work.
My understanding is that nuclear devices need lots of maintenance and upgrades. I expect many soviet devices may just blow up at launch.

Would be an interesting twist of the hook in Putin's nose.
 
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