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Date: 28 July 2021
Putin Warns Of Russia’s Hypersonic Nuclear Weapons At Naval Parade
An annual parade of warships in the port city of St. Petersburg is traditionally intended to showcase Russia’s military strength. Nonetheless, this does not seem so for the country’s navy as Russia still lags far behind some world powers, including the United States as well as the United Kingdom and China. This year, Putin used a Navy Day parade to deliver his latest reminder of Russia’s military muscle and its successful attempts to develop new weapons, also cutting-edge hypersonics.
Attending the naval parade on July 25 in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin said Russia’s navy was capable of delivering lethal strikes against enemy targets. “We can detect underwater, surface or aerial enemies and target them if a lethal strike is necessary,” Putin said. “The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests,” he added. More than 50 vessels and 4,000 troops took part in the parade. The Russian leader also said Russia had secured “its place among the world’s leading naval powers.” This is evidenced that Russia has in its arsenal cutting-edge hypersonic weapons still unrivaled in the world (perhaps Putin meant the latest tests of the Tsirkon missile system) and efficient coastal defense systems, including Bal and Bastion. Strengthening its navy is among the Kremlin’s priorities yet the domestic arms industry did not stand up to the expectations of the federal government. Indeed, Russia can boast a relatively strong fleet of underwater vessels yet due to the country’s geographical location, their possibility for maritime expansion is limited. Russia is a continental power with access to the isolated Black and Baltic Seas as well as the Barents Sea and bodies of water in the Far East.
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