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By Tyler Rogoway

Details remain scarce but Russia has officially stated that they executed a major strategic snap drill today that saw three submarine launched ballistic missiles, an ICBM, and an unknown number of air-launched cruise missiles being fired off in a very short period of time. The official statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense reads (automatic translation):

“October 26, 2017 in accordance with the Armed Forces Training Plan RF [Russian Forces] conducted training on the management of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces.

To participate in the training, forces and means of the ground, sea and aviation component of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the Russian Federation were involved.

During the training, the practical actions of the combat calculations of the command posts of the Missile Forces with the strategic purposes, crews of nuclear missile submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets, strategic missile carriers and bombers of the Long-range Aviation of the Air and Space Forces.

Long-range aircraft Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3, which took off from the basic airfields “Ukrainka”, “Engels”, and “Shaikavka”, launched airborne cruise missiles based on ground targets at the “Kura” Kamchatka), Pemba (Republic of Komi) and Terekt (Kazakhstan).

From the State Plesetsk cosmodrome, the combat calculation of the Strategic Missile Forces launched the launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Topol on the Kura test range.

The nuclear submarine of the Pacific Fleet launched a salvo launch of two ballistic missiles from the water of the Sea of Okhotsk along the “Chizha” (Arkhangelsk region), from the water area of the Barents Sea the nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet launched a ballistic missile at the Kura landfill.

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