“Stability 2008” the exercise that (if you believe Russian sources) signals Russia’s return to preeminence as a global military power, continues.Â Over the past weekend we witnessed a number of Russian ICBM and SLBM tests in conjunction with “Stability 2008.”Â Some of the video reporting for these launches is provided below (h/t Russian Navy Blog):
CV Operations and SLBM launch observed by Pres. Medvedev:
Note the flight-deck tempo and “clean wing” launches of the Frogfoot and Flanker…and do a little comparison and contrast.Â That said, the real object of the exercise was a launch of the SS-N-23 Sineva (earlier launch video here at the 0:06 sec point).Â Probably worth noting that while the solid-fueled Bulava is still having developmental problems, the SS-N-23, has experienced a greater degree of success as it is based on the SS-N-18 and uses storable liquid fuels.Â Solid fuels, of course, are more stable and amenable to longer-term storage and handling, especially in a mobile scenario (be it land- or sea-based), hence the desire to develop a solid-fueled SLBM.Â With an advertised range of 6500km and Russian sources over the weekend noting a range in excess of 11,500km, we think there is a certain Potemkin-esque air to these claims…
Strategic Aviation ops:
Pretty standard “B-roll” material, but you have to admire and respect all those counter-rotating props in the tail-end footage. Almost enough to make a Hornet pilot wince, eh?