Skip to comments.What Putin Would Nuke A hypothetical first strike scenario on the United States
Posted on 11/15/2019 2:33:23 PM PST by daniel1212
It's 2025, and Vladimir Putin (yup, he's still in power) wakes up in a historically bad mood. He decidesand everyone around him agreesthat it's time to launch an all-out nuclear assault on the United States.
This is the nightmare scenario laid out in the latest Nuclear Defense Posture Review. Its also the war envisioned by Putin himself. Last week he took the stage before the Russian Parliament and rattled off a litany of new nuclear weapons to be delivered by silo, submarine, and aircraftweapons he claimed to be unstoppable....
imagine what Russias arsenal could do in a real first strike against the U.S., in a future where Russia's modernization has peaked but the U.S. has not progressed...
Putins first strike has two simple aims. One: cripple the United States with a blow that shatters the nation for at least a generation. Two: Keep the U.S. from launching an equally crippling counterattack, immediately or in the future. Getting all U.S. nukes before America has the chance to strike back is not likely, so Putin's goal is to make the exchange of warheads as uneven as possible.
The U.S. Air Force operates infrared satellites in geostationary orbit that scan the globe for telltale plumes of rocket launches...Putin, that rascal, has spent years parking six harmless-looking communications satellites along the same orbital plane...
The Russian sats are motherships. From each, a smaller craft detaches and fire its thrusters and eases toward the launch detection sats. Some have lasers that can dazzle the infrared sensors or burn parts of the satellite, causing the spacecraft to tumble. Other have crude robotic arms that can grapple with the U.S. warning equipment. Others just make a kamikaze run against U.S. targets.
Malfunctions and confused signals from space put the Americans on high alert, but the U.S. is not ready to start a war over dead satellites....
The launch detection sats are just the first line of defense. The U.S has a sophisticated network of high-power radar scanning the skies for missiles. Thule Air Force Base in Greenland has one such radar system...The radar array is specifically watching for Russian missiles. Any sign of them and STRATCOM will know about it and be able to launch ICBMs of their own...
Thule has to be taken out. Its vulnerable to attack, though an obvious strike would tip Russias hand. Putin needs a devastating weapon of sneak attack. And he has one, mounted to the submarine Khabarovsk.
Days earlier, the sub slipped past the Greenland-Iceland-Denmark Gap, a once-formidable NATO screen of sensors and sea/air patrols that guarded against this kind of incursion. The Russian sub carries an external pod with a doomsday weapon: an underwater drone carrying a nuclear warhead. The CIA calls it the Kaynon. Russians dub it the Status 6. (This is real tech, by the way. In 2015, during a televised meeting with Putin, media cameras captured images of this weapon in development. It was a set-up, a way for Russia to rattle its saber.)..
The 24-foot drone glides through the shallower entrance to Baffin Bay and dips to a more comfortable depth when its able. It's headed for the coastal area just outside Thule...The drone detonates its 40-megaton warhead. The icy shoreline erupts into a towering fireball. The fireball and air pressure wave created by such an enormous explosion wipes the base and its pesky radar off the map...
Putin's sneak attack ensures the U.S. has no way to confirm what's coming next. Putin has already pressed the button on his array of doomsday devices. The 15-minutes between detection and warhead impact has already started...
silos don't move, but weapons have become more precise, a fact that changes the number of warheads needed to hit them.
Putin turns to his new wonder weapon to hit the U.S. nuclear silos before they get orders to launch. There are 25 silos in Russia, each holding what NATO calls the Satan-2 ICBM. The rockets leap out of the silos and drop stages of empty fuel tanks behind them, carrying their payloads toward space. The faring opens and the cargo of each missile is revealed. A YU-74 hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, armed with five nuclear warheads, is a careening to a suborbital altitude atop each ICBM. They separate, and each becomes an independent threat, able to steer its way to a target from unexpected directions...
Putins salvo is crossing the North Pole. A radar screen in northern Canada, run by the U.S. and Canadian Air Forces, watches for such an attack. But they're using older radar not optimized to spot the gliding warheads, as an expensive effort to install new tech has been mired in political infighting in both Ottawa and Washington, D.C...
The backbone of the system remains the AN/TPS-77 long range radar, which is great at spotting airplanes that are less than 250 nautical miles away and up to 100,000 feet in the air ` The YU-74 s are zipping along nearly three times as high and have a small radar cross-section...
With 125 glide-delivered warheads on the way, there are enough to strike each U.S. silo in Montana and North Dakota at least once, with warheads to spare to paste a stealth bomber airbase in Missouri, as well as a nuclear bomb and cruise missile stockpile in Louisiana.
At this point, theres no reason not to let the rest of Russias traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles fly.
All this mayhem isnt enough. The United States' nuclear missile armed submarine fleet has enough firepower to end Russia by itself. For Putin to "win" a nuclear war, the campaign against American subs has to unfold as the warheads are dropping.
The Ohio-class submarines exist because they are hard to spot...By 2025, the Ohio fleet is impressive but agingand shrinking. Budget cuts have reduced the number of nuke-carrying Ohios to just eight by 2020..
The Russians know about where the submarines will be. Thanks to satellites, spies, and sensors, intelligence agents know which U.S. subs ones are in port and which ones are on patrol...
In the early 1990s, the world's navies realized precision torpedoes were the best way to kill enemy submarines...nuclear depth charges.The idea is simple: When hunting elusive subs, it helps to use a weapon that kills everything in a wide area...
From 60 miles away, Oskar-class submarines can launch N-16 Stallion missiles that drop strings of nuclear warheads into the water. Bombers that take off from Russian airfields near the coast carry warheads set to detonate at various depths and strengths.,,
These warheads cause massive shock waves that reflect off the seafloor. Each time they bounce, the oceans surface rises in a column of frothy water hundreds of feet high. The immense pressure beneath the surface crushes submarine hulls...
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An any case, when you fight against God, which the USA has increasingly engaged in then you have an enemy you need to have as your Lord and Savior.
Im still pissed they didnt nuke DC in the 70s. If they were this stupid with this President, Russia would be cremated.
That would render the planet uninhabitable for a whole host of reasons.
The planet includes Russia.
Putin is many things but he is not suicidal.
The article is crap.
The Russians love their children, too.
Why would he expend all this effort? If current trends continue and the American Left is successful in keeping the borders open, demographics will topple the US and the Marxists who would be running the disunited US would embrace their Eastern brothers.
I guess that’s why he’s waiting until 2025
“The Russians love their children, too.”
That has a Sting to it.
Putin could NEVER launch a successful first strike against us, simply because we spend 5 times as much on our military, and therefore are superior. Same regarding China, for that matter. So we’re safe and anyone thinking otherwise is simply a FEAR MONGER.
(don’t laugh, that’s what half of the country actually believes)
“The Russians love their children, too.”
More than we do, I guess. After all, we’re all into filling them with hormones and cutting off their twangs, if they happen to pick up a barbie...and WE (as in many American parents) are the ones who bring our kids to the Drag Queen Story Time Hours, throughout the country.
In Russia, the minute a drag queen is in public, life for that nutcase becomes much more difficult (and unlike Iran, Putin doesn’t care what they do in private...just keep it away from the kids).
I rode a plateform that had the capability to destroy the entire USSR in 1973. If we were ever called to spin up and do it, we knew there was nothing to go home too. Ivan knew it too. It was called the Cold War. I only believed we were there in it once. A very sobering moment, my wife and son were in the path. Nothing to go home too, worry about Russians all you want, they like home. Muslims not so much. Fact not fiction.
A lazy click-bait article. It asks a question in the title, then avoids answering it while sounding like a last rate Tom Clancy wannabe.
That is because Putin doesn’t pay $37 per screw and $640 per toilet seat. lol
Mutual Assured Destruction prevented nuclear war for the duration of the Cold War.
Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis the Soviets realized that it was Fidel Castro who was screaming “Let’s you and them fight!!”. Cooler heads prevailed.
After all, if you’re communist & atheistic, this life is all there is.
Russians aren’t suicidal. Putin has no assurance of 100% success & total interdiction of a U.S. second strike. His new weapons systems are mainly for intimidation, because as Nikita Khrushchev once said, “If we fire all our rockets at America, then they have completely FAILED in their purpose!”
But Muslims are suicidal, because their religion tells them only shahids have a direct path to paradise. Even so the mullahs in Iran despite their bluster aren’t in that big a hurry to go nuclear; not with Israeli nukes aimed at them like a cocked pistol.
Ditto the Pakistanis, with an equally nuclear India watching them like a hawk.
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Agreed. Putin wants to stay alive, keep the Russians alive and extend their (now tiny) empire. I dont think that Russia even has the capacity to blow up planet anymore.
I think the deep state would like a war with Russia. That would have been Hillary’s assignment.
You mean it is about satellites, sensors, silos and subs rather than cities? They came after in the scenario.
The threat from Russia has been reduced to a psyop for the surface dwellers, all of us. After the dust settles, we will be gone but the millions living underground will carry on. Elimination of the surplus population is the goal of the illuninati, not the Russians.
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