Russian ‘Death Train’ delayed

Loading of RS-22 missile in rail-mobile launcher

Russian media reports that the Russian government has paused its development of a rail-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), affectionately known as the “Death Train.” While the rail-based system has already completed several successful tests, funding to complete development was redirected to other ICBM projects. The Kremlin doesn’t seem to be too perturbed with the shift, however. The former head of armaments of the Russian Armed Forces, A.P. Sitnova, stated that the recent upgrades to its nuclear capabilities — specifically its submarines and carriers equipped with the new Bulava missile — gave Moscow ample nuclear missile power to deal with any aggressor.

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