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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Russian super-weapons technologically outmatch the Pentagon’s best, developed at a small fraction of the cost, using its resources efficiently.

Despite pouring countless trillions of dollars poured down a black hole of waste, fraud and abuse, the US is declining politically, economically, financially, and militarily – Russia, China, and other nations rising.

Russian military superiority is enough to give US hawks pause about attacking the country. Its formidable arsenal includes:

• a 200-ton Sarmat ICBM able to successfully breach ABM defenses

• a low-flying stealth nuclear-powered cruise missile with a far greater range than US ones

• a nuclear-powered, high-speed, unmanned submersible vehicle – able to operate undetected at great ocean depths, armed with conventional or nuclear missiles

• a new hypersonic missile with greater than Mach-5 speed (Mach-1 the speed of sound), carrying nuclear or conventional warheads, able to penetrate ABM defenses

• new hypersonic, high-precision missiles able to “hit targets at inter-continental distance and can adjust their altitude and course as they travel,” Vladimir Putin explained.

Russia’s military also has cutting-edge laser weapons technology. Pentagon commanders know its superior super-weapons rule out a US military option against the nation.

Its ability to optimize resources for developing sophisticated weapons technology made Russia the world’s dominant super-power — a new defensive super-weapon coming to its arsenal

According to Russian defense industry giant Rostec’s CEO Sergey Chemezov, the country’s highly classified S-500 air defense system missiles are going into production sooner than expected.

The long-range, anti-stealth or other aircraft, anti-ballistic/cruise missile air defense system is a new design, not an S-400 upgrade — able to intercept targets accurately at high and low altitudes, including on the ground.

Its technology is superior to the S-400 system, reportedly able to hit up to 10 ballistic or other  targets at the same time, accurately at distances up to 600 km away at altitudes up to 40 km.

It can down them at hypersonic speed of about Mach 20, reportedly also able to strike low-orbital satellites. S-500s are intended to shield Moscow and other strategic areas.

According to some reports, the S-500 system is able to detect hostile ballistic warheads as far as 1,300 km away. It can intercept and down ballistic missiles before atmospheric re-entry.

Chemezov said “(w)e are already starting to produce the S-500. This is a (highly) advanced system, so I would not like to talk about it now, as it hasn’t been adopted by our military yet.”

It’s designed to replace Russia’s A-135 missile system and be used along with S-400s. Its specific capabilities remain classified and haven’t been officially released.

The system reportedly is mobile, to be carried on specially designed vehicles with superior cross-country mobility.

An S-1000 system reportedly is being designed to have greater capabilities. By optimizing its resources efficiently, Russia is able to maintain super-weapon superiority over US-dominated NATO.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.