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PoliticsTrump: US has better weapons than the 'failed' Russian 'Skyfall' missile

02:55  13 august  2019
02:55  13 august  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Radiation Spike Reported After Russia Missile Test Center Blast

Radiation Spike Reported After Russia Missile Test Center Blast Russian officials reported a brief spike in radiation levels after a blast during a missile test killed two people at a Barents Sea military facility near shipyards that produce nuclear submarines. A “short-term increase in radiation” was detected in the port city of Severodvinsk at 11:50 a.m., according to a statement from the local administration. Radiation levels then declined to within a normal range as of 2 p.m., it said. The accident occurred in the town of Nyonoksa, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Severodvinsk, Interfax reported.

But United States intelligence officials have said they suspect the blast involved a prototype of what NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall . That is a cruise missile that Mr. Putin has boasted can reach any corner of the earth because it is partially powered by a small nuclear reactor

The US has nonetheless spent nearly 0bn on missile defense since 1983, when Ronald Reagan launched his Strategic Defense Initiative (widely known as Star Wars), according to estimates by Stephen Schwartz, a senior fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

President Trump weighed in on a suspected failed missile explosion in northern Russia, noting U.S. technology is far superior to the "failed" weapon.

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The suspected nuclear explosion occurred Thursday off the coast of Russia's Nenoska Missile Test Site, an installation suspected of developing Russia's next generation of advanced missiles. Seven people were reportedly killed.

"The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia," Trump tweeted Monday. "We have similar, though more advanced, technology. The Russian 'Skyfall' explosion has people worried about the air around the facility and far beyond. Not good!"

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Russian media reported radiation briefly spiked to 200 times the normal rate, according to the New York Times, but these reports were later scrubbed from the websites of Severodvinsk, a small city located 25 miles away from the explosion in Russia's Archangel province. Fears over radiation poisoning caused a run on iodine by local residents, which can protect the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation.

Experts and intelligence officials believe the explosion was the result of a botched test of a nuclear-powered cruise missile known by NATO as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.

"Our working hypothesis is that the event in Russia yesterday was related to Russia's nuclear-powered cruise missile, the 9M730 Burevestnik (NATO name: SSC-X-9 Skyfall," Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute, said Friday on Twitter. "Possibly a botched recovery effort involving the Serebryanka [...]"

The blast that killed 5 Russian engineers may have been caused by another failed test of Putin's doomsday missile

The blast that killed 5 Russian engineers may have been caused by another failed test of Putin's doomsday missile Russia's account of a deadly explosion that rocked a missile test site last week has been changing. It looks to be part of testing a new missile.

President says Russia has new line of nuclear-capable weapons that can breach US defences.

The operation involved more weapons than the strike the US conducted unilaterally against a Syrian airbase last year. In spite of rhetoric on the Russian side to match Trump ’s hysteria, claiming they would shoot down incoming missiles and retaliate against US and other targets, they settled only for

The Serebryanka is a Russian nuclear fuel carrier, which an image from Planet Labs shows was near the test site at the time of the incident. The ship was last reported as of Monday in Murmansk, a port 355 miles from Severodvinsk.

Russia is believed to have conducted a partially successful test of the Skyfall on Jan. 29, preceding the Trump administration's announcement removing the U.S. from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty on Feb. 2. The missile's small nuclear reactor theoretically makes it capable of traveling across the globe for an indefinite amount of time. It is also believed to be capable of avoiding conventional missile defense systems.

Doctors who treated the victims of a deadly Russian missile blast weren’t warned of radiation

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Russians had wondered before Mr. Putin’s speech what he planned for his last term, and they got an answer: Russia will be a superpower again. The cruise missile was among five weapons introduced by Mr. Putin, each shown in video mock-ups on giant screens flanking him onstage.

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This isn't the first incident involving the Skyfall. Russian Navy ships were sent to search for the remains of a Skyfall missile in August after it landed off the coast of northern Russia in March 2018 during a failed test. Putin unveiled the missile that same month, bragging that it renders defense systems "useless." He went on to make a thinly-veiled threat against the U.S.

"I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development ... you have failed to contain Russia," he said.

"Nobody listened to us. Well listen to us now."

Nuclear watchdog: Russia has resumed sharing radiation data.
Russia has resumed sharing data from its radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday. © Provided by The Associated Press This photo taken on Oct. 7, 2018, shows a village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy's testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons.

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