I’m pointing you to an article that Aviation Week ran in November for two reasons: It’s the lead story of a series that won best subject-related package at last week’s Jesse H. Neal Awards given by ABM, the association of business information and media companies.
“Russia is making new nuclear delivery systems a national priority, with a new ballistic-missile submarine class and missile in production; continued deliveries of a modern, road-mobile ICBM; and reports of a new silo-based heavyweight weapon.
The nation is arming its bomber fleet with a new cruise missile and plans a new bomber (as does the U.S.), while tactical nuclear weapons are still considered an option for major combined-arms theater-scale wars.
Western experts across the hawk-to-dove spectrum tend to agree that Russia's motivation is a perception of conventional-force weakness relative to the U.S., NATO and China, which in turn stems from the Russian economy's inability to support rapid modernization of air, land and naval forces. However, some go further than this and argue that the Russian emphasis on nuclear weapons is destabilizing and could lead to the breaking of some nuclear weapon treaties.”
Michael Bruno adds stories about the view from the U.S., where despite significant debate about maintaining sea, air and land-based nuclear forces, the so-called “triad” appears likely to survive.
Aviation Week's package
takes the story beyond the U.S. and Russian arsenals looking at the global development of weapons in what some are calling a second nuclear age. The package includes developments from a number of countries: describting uptick in nuclear force spending by France, written by Amy Svitak and a look at India’s quest for long-range ballistic missiles by Jay Menon.