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Burevestnik

Cruise missile with nuclear propulsion system

Burevestnik nuclear missile

The 9M730 Burevestnik missile has unusual propulsion system with nuclear power unit

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
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Warhead type Nuclear
Range of fire Unlimited (?)
Altitude of fire ?
CEP 10 ~ 20 m
Guidance ?

 

   The 9M730 Burevestnik (Thunderbird) is a new Russian missile with a nuclear propulsion system, which is currently being developed. This missile has been shrouded in secrecy and only limited information on this weapon is available. Russian Ministry of Defense released a number of visualizations and even images of this missile, however these represent only a possible configuration. So far it is unknown how this missile looks like. The new missile with nuclear power unit was first officially announced in 2018. Its Western reporting name is SSC-X-9 Skyfall. US intelligence reports that since 2017 until 2019 a number of flight tests have been made, but all of them were failures. In 2019 after another failed launch test one of these nuclear-powered missiles end up in the White Sea. During recovery attempt the missile exploded killing at least 7 specialists and causing a radiation leak. Background radiation levels spiked 4 to 16 times above normal. Russian sources claim that this missile could become operational in around 2025.

   So far it is speculated that the Burevestnik has a booster motor which lifts it into the air and propels the missile to flight speed. Then a miniature nuclear reactor kicks in. Russian sources claim that this missile has unlimited range due to its nuclear power unit. Some sources claim that the nuclear reactor powers an electric motor, which drives compressor and turbine. In this way the air is compressed and pushed out of the missile for propulsion. Nuclear reactor would allow the missile to reach any target on the globe and maneuver in order to avoid missile defense systems along its way.

   It seems that the Burevestnik is a stealthy subsonic missile.

   The Burevestnik missile is clearly capable of carrying low-yield nuclear warheads. Though it can be also fitted with conventional warheads.

   Most likely that this cruise missile it was designed to be carried by ground-based TEL vehicles, such as MZKT-7930 special wheeled chassis with 8x8 configuration. It is also possible that the Burevestnik missile can be based on warships.

 

 

 

Burevestnik nuclear missile

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