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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2017 8:59 p.m. PST

"Just as Zapad 2017 ended and the last troops withdrew from Belarus, Russia announced another military exercise, this time to the south. On September 29th, a message appeared on Russia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) website that a Strategic Missile Forces exercise took place near Novosibirsk. Over 400 pieces of hardware and over 4,000 troops participated in the exercise.

According to the Russian MoD, Strategic Missile Forces deployed approximately 20 RS-24 Yars missile systems (NATO reporting name: SS-29) in battle ready status. The message stated that these units drilled placing missile systems on combat patrol routes, repositioning, camouflaging, and screening patrols; however, the message did not mention the time period of the exercise. @DFRLab took a deeper look into the exercise, noting that more than 20 units of intercontinental ballistic missile systems also participated…."
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Lion in the Stars26 Oct 2017 7:39 a.m. PST

I'd imagine that there was a corresponding raise in the US's readiness levels, but since US nuclear forces don't have any road- or rail-mobile launchers and no bombers on alert you don't get much notice in the press.

Still trying to parse whether the report means 20+ missile launchers or 20+ batteries, missiles seems more likely.

Which is honestly the same load as a single Trident Missile submarine. The US has 14 of the Ohio-class subs in service, and 3/4ths of them are deployed at any given time.

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