Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nuclear War Looms?

It is, in large measure, an old dynamic playing out in new form as
an economically declining Russia, a rising China and an uncertain
United States resume their one-upmanship.



Moscow is fielding big missiles topped by miniaturized warheads, and experts fear that it may violate the global test ban as it develops new weapons. According to Russian news reports, the Russian Navy is developing an undersea drone meant to loft a cloud of radioactive contamination from an underwater explosion that would make target cities uninhabitable.

The Chinese military, under the tighter control of President Xi
Jinping, is flight-testing a novel warhead called a “hypersonic glide
vehicle.” It flies into space on a traditional long-range missile but then
maneuvers through the atmosphere, twisting and careening at more
than a mile a second. That can render missile defenses all but useless.

US accused Russia of “aggressive” and “unsafe” manoeuvres after two Su-24 strike aircraft flew within 30ft of an American destroyer in the Baltic. Across Europe, Russian fighters and bombers have been intercepted while probing the air defences of Nato countries.

Read more:

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War

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