Russia announces new nuclear weapons tests days after Trump-Putin summit

Source: The Hill | July 19, 2018 | Justin Wise

Russia is reportedly testing a range of new nuclear weapons and other military hardware including a high-powered laser, just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin met with President Trump for a one-on-one summit in Finland.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Russia had tested weapons that range from the laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile. The cruise missile is reported to have “unlimited” range. 

On Thursday, the country’s Defense Ministry reportedly said that it had tested the Burevestnik cruise missile and is now preparing it for a flight test. 

“The program of the system’s pop-up tests has been completed with the positive results, which makes it possible to switch to preparations for the flight trials of the Sarmat missile complex,” the Defense Ministry said, according to Tass, a Russian news agency.

The AP also notes that military officials in Russia said the country is practicing how to utilize a Peresvet high-powered laser weapon system. It is also practicing trials of the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone.

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