MAY 18 2003 POSTED OCT 13 2007



Russia will "launch" a mock nuclear attack against the U.S. and Britain during military exercises over the next week.

Moscow's Nezavisimaya Gazeta reports that Russia's strategic bombers and nuclear submarines "will deliver hypothetical nuclear strikes on the U.S. and Britain, while locating and destroying aircraft carrier groups of the U.S. Navy."

The massive air, sea and land manoeuvres are being conducted in the wake of America's stunning victory over Iraq, a long time client state of Russia.

If the mock strikes were real, they would kill 125 million Americans in the first three days of such an attack, with tens of millions more casualties in the weeks after.

The paper said the exercises are taking place because "Russian military leaders have learned a lesson from the Iraq war, and intend to show the U.S. and its allies their determination to repel any potential threat coming from the West."

The Russian military, in plans drawn up at the request of President Vladimir Putin, argues that the only way Russia can deal with an escalating regional conflict with the U.S. would be to employ nuclear weapons.

Though Russia's military has been considerably downsized since the end of the Cold War and its conventional forces hold little weight against a modern equipped army, Russia has continued to invest heavily in strategic and tactical nuclear weapons.

Sometime during the '90s, Russia attained nuclear superiority over the U.S. While Russia's large strategic nuclear weapons have remained in parity with the those of the U.S., Russia's tactical nuclear arsenal has been estimated to include 20,000 to 40,000 weapons.

At the same time Russia has continued its nuclear build-up, the U.S. has virtually destroyed its arsenal of tactical nuclear warheads. Under orders from the Bush administration, the U.S. also has been moving to further reduce the U.S. strategic arsenal.


Currently, the nation's most modern fleet of ICBM, the MX missiles, is being destroyed.

The Russian military exercises show a desire by the Russian military to deal with the huge technological lead U.S. conventional forces have, demonstrated by Operation Iraqi Freedom.

According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the Russian exercises "will be linked with destroying the U.S. satellite group in order to neutralize the NAVSTAR global navigation system, the Keyhole optoelectronic intelligence satellites, and the Lacross radio-locating intelligence satellites."

The paper said about these maneuvers: "Under actual conditions of a war this would 'blind' the Pentagon and does not let the U.S. use high precision weapons against Russian military groups."

So far, the exercises are to include Four Tu-160 and nine Tu-95MS strategic bombers, 12 Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, and four Il-78 flying tankers will be involved in the maneuvers on May 17-18.

The maneuvers are of a "global scale," the paper said.

Major General Igor Khvorov, commander of the 37th air army of the High Commander in Chief, said that the official objective of the exercise is to polish cooperation between long-range aviation, the navy and other branches of the army in the western, eastern, northern and southern regions of the Russian Federation, and over the world's oceans.


This emphasizes the global scale of the impending maneuvers.

Submarines of the Northern and Pacific fleets will launch ballistic missiles. Nuclear strategic and multi-purpose submarines, surface warships of different types, coastal missile and anti-aircraft units, and the missile-carrying, pursuit and anti-submarine aviation will be involved in the exercise.

The paper also noted that Russian warships sent to the Arabian Sea to take part in an exercise with the Indian navy will support strategic units.


They will find and destroy U.S. Los Angeles class submarines and deliver missile strikes at enemy warships.





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