Russia Begins Massive ICBM Launch Drills

On Monday, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation issued a warning to NATO that is has started a massive missile drill involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers across the country.

The Defense Ministry said the drills would involve “missile regiments armed with Topol-M and Yars mobile systems.” The Topol-M is designed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tipped with a single 550 kT yield nuclear warhead. Max range of the ICBM is 6,500 miles, which the mobile launching unit is extremely tough for NATO to track.

The Defense Ministry was not specific on the approximate location of the missile drills; however, it said, “missile regiments armed with Topol-M and Yars mobile systems launch intensive maneuvering actions in territories located from Ivanovo to Irkutsk regions.”

According to ABC News,

Those types of nuclear-tipped ICBMs are mounted on heavy all-terrain vehicles, making it more difficult for an enemy to spot them. The ministry said the drills are being conducted across a vast area from the Ivanovo region just northeast of Moscow to the Irkutsk region in eastern Siberia.  

Further, the Defense Ministry reported, “the actions are held at day- and nighttime. In course of combat training, the crews will practice taking field positions, conducting marching, changing positions. Anti-sabotage units will practice detecting, blocking, and eliminating mock enemy’s forces.”

In the Volga region, the Defense Ministry stated, “comprehensive practical training with motostrelkovymi, tank, artillery, missile, air defense, and engineering units” have also started.

Just above the Ivanovo to Irkutsk regions, the Defense Ministry reports, “training of crews of ship helicopters Ka-27 “Helix” northern fleet on finding submarines in the Barents Sea.”



As the world enters the second half of January, it seems as the Russians are preparing for a threat with the continuation of regular military drills across the country.

The one question we ask: Is the threat imminent?


YUNOSELL house biscuit Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:17 Permalink

The World needs a Bretton Woods II negotiation to fix things immediately or this is going to keep escalating in a very bad way. The only way it can possibly get solved is if there is a world agreement on a new world reserve currency where the currency is neutral (not administered by any one country) such as gold or a basket of commodities. Otherwise, it is clear to even to the uneducated masses that this all leads to the next World War. 

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BennyBoy HowdyDoody Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:49 Permalink


The Russians have hypersonic missiles with nukes like the US and China.

The old ICBM crap is out of date, a ruse.

Also think nuclear subs off the US and europe coasts and low flying cruise nuke missiles.

Which is why the US only goes up against dirt eating countries like NK and Yemen.

The US is extremely vulnerable.

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jefferson32 HowdyDoody Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:12 Permalink

333 written on the side of that truck. This image is everywhere. If you pay attention, and you know the numbers, you will understand.


Do you think it is a coincidence the Nice massacre happened 911 days after Christine Lagarde’s famous numerology speech? Or the LV shooting 133 days after the “Ariana Grande” Manchester false flag? There are so many examples. Our grandchildren will laugh and wonder how we could have missed all this.


If you still believe in the phoney East vs West kabuki theater, you aren’t paying attention. It is the same occultists playing both sides. Putin was put in power by Yeltsin, an overt puppet; he is very good friends with Kissinger; Wall Street banks advise the Kremlin; the central bank of Russia is part of the BIS; etc. etc.


Heck, even our beloved ZH is a gatekeeper. Realize who is immune from Tyler’s scrutinity.

All of this is so painfully obvious...

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Dickweed Wang BeansMcGreens Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:16 Permalink

Regardless of what the purpose is, or motivation behind, these kind of drills on either side (Russian or US) the potential for some kind of mistake is really high.  Not a mistake that the missiles in the drill would launch but more of one side misinterpreting what is going on is a preparation for an actual first strike.  At least on the US side you know there are some gung-ho individuals that see a "pending attack" in almost everything the Russians do.  So why don't both the Russians and the US just knock this shit off before something happens and we all get incinerated

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Offthebeach YUNOSELL Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:45 Permalink

There is no reason in a normal dynamic world economy, laid over with innumerable political schemes, delusions, plans and fails, that a  variety of political script shouldn't always be in flux, and tested by world players in a vast conversation .

Secondly, I'm of the notion that the Russians are genetically paranoid, since all the normies were killed off since World War One, Revolution, Nazis, Stalin ....leaving only deeply deranged to reproduce.


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Greed is King YUNOSELL Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

America will never agree to that. Americas foreign policy of threat, intimidation and violence has brought us to this, Russia and China have always said that all they want is a partnership with America, not conflict, but America demands that Planet Earth bows down to its "exceptionalism", and any country that tries to ditch the petro-dollar and prevent Uncle Sam taking his "cut" of their GDP is soon invaded and taught a lesson. Russia and China know that Americas prodding and poking of their globally insignificant allies N.Korea and Iran are aimed at provoking a response from them, so far they have dodged the blows, but obviously it`s prudent to prepare for an attack by America which is now desperate to conceal it`s state of bankruptcy, or at least negate it`s trillions in foreign debt by going to war with those it owes money to. One thing the American Hawks should think very carefully about though is that Russia and China will be a very very different ballgame from Iraq and Libya, shock and awe will most decidedly not be so easy this time.

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BritBob Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:17 Permalink

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.

RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017)

They forget that a lot of territory was 'taken' in the 19th century (much of a norm). That doesn't excuse their actions in the 21st century.

Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg):

Perhaps Putin's planning to usurp somewhere? Too late, it's now illegal!

MrSteve Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:20 Permalink

These units were tough to track until the Russkies took them out of the barn and drove them around: bright hot IR signals against the icy ground for our all-seeing satellites, so now we can see where they get parked. This reminds me of when the US and Russia opened their missile silos so they could show each other the number of silo-launched missiles stood down. Note that they signaled to NATO in advance they were doing a beer run with this fleet of rigs. Now they'll change the oil and tranny fluids.

CRM114 MrSteve Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:28 Permalink

There are exercise parking sites, and there are war parking sites. This is standard for all large force elements for all nations, except the unavoidably obvious ones. In general, even on one's own side, very few know where the real war sites are; usually a maximum of 3 people per unit. 

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JohninMK MrSteve Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:30 Permalink

It is highly probable that the US knows exactly where these units are parked as I'm pretty sure the Russians publish the locations of the units operating them. The important and rather difficult part is tracking them once they leave their garages for real especially as the 'all-seeing US satellites' as you put it may have strangely disappeared just before or as they moved at a time when they might actually be needed.

The Russians are not attempting to do any of this in secret.

More interesting perhaps is the exercise in the Barents. Wonder how many US subs are going to get 'pinged'? I would think that that is not good for the morale of the crew of an 'invisible' sub.

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PrivetHedge Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

These trucks were decommissioned after the fall of the zio USSR, but thanks to the US's continued arms build up and aggression Russia is arming itself.

Russia is the historical enemy #1 of the ashkenazis.

JohninMK PrivetHedge Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:39 Permalink

Not sure that's right. The Topol-M and its predecessors have been in service for over 20 years and form a major part of the Russian MAD system.

Russia has been gradually replacing and upgrading its defences since Putin came to power and decided that the future of Russia was not as a Bankster vassal state. I can't see that this was specifically a reaction to any particular US arms build-up. That's been going on virtually continuously since WW2.

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