The rocket with its own nuclear power plant as part of a strategic complex is a fundamentally new approach that was successfully tested in 2017, and whose introduction to the troops develops in 2018 and 2019. This is a multipurpose nuclear missile of unlimited range, capable of independently bypassing air defense and missile defense. The hypersonic air-to-missile air-to-air missile complex "Kinzhal" has no world analogues, as well as many other developments representing the armament of Russia in 2019. It already has experienced combat duties in the Southern Military District. The missiles will be included in the arsenal of a new generation of SU-57, they are almost invisible to the radar and airborne protection of enemy aircraft at the expense of speed. Also, they are named by experts abroad as one of the main trump cards of Russian military aircraft.
Such a new weapon of Russia, like the MiG-35 of “4 ++” generation is a transitional link to the 5th generation fighter. The ceiling for work is 16 km, the range depending on the armament (cargo) is from 800 to 1,400 km. This is in many ways a very advanced development, requiring less cost than fifth-generation fighter jets, but at the same time capable of competing with them, and superior in capabilities to fourth-generation aircraft. In the meantime, the fifth-generation fighters of the Perspective aviation complex of front aviation have already been developed by Russian scientists and technicians, and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is beginning to acquire them.
In 2019, the Russian military will begin to receive equipment "Ratnik-2" with a passive exoskeleton - a lever-hinged mechanical device, allowing to reduce the load on the musculoskeletal system of the fighter. At the "Army-2018" forum, the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering presented a sample of the exoskeleton, which is put on in a minute and removed in 20 seconds. However, the supply of "Ratnik-2" will be limited. The Ministry of Defense and specialists of the Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering are planning to re-equip the army with the equipment of the third generation Ratnik-3. The first will receive it Airborne troops. Deliveries to them can begin in 2025. The active exoskeleton repeats the human biomechanics and takes into account its anatomical features. According to the designers, on the tests of this exoskeleton the fighter was able to fire from a machine gun, holding it in one hand. An active exoskeleton will help the soldier move faster and more effectively hit targets.
Also, it became known that the "Kalibr" ground-based missile system is going to be developed in a variant not only ship-based, but also land-based. The reason for this decision was the possible withdrawal of the States from the INF Treaty. The new long-range version of the Russian "Kalibr" missile is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 4.5 thousand kilometers.
It should be noted that on February 23, 2019, the experts of the American magazine The Popular Mechanics commented on the video of the tests of the unmanned submersible "Poseidon", previously published by the Russian Ministry of Defense. As the author of the article notes, thanks to "deep diving and high speed" the Russian "torpedo of the apocalypse" will be extremely difficult to intercept and almost impossible to stop. The drone is designed to attack coastal targets, such as a submarine base, a port, or a coastal city. In his opinion, this Russian weapon is designed to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
It should be recalled that the first time on the development of "Poseidon" Russian President Vladimir Putin said in March last year. He said that these unmanned underwater vehicles will be able to cover intercontinental distances at a speed that is a multiple of the speed of all types of modern submarines. Such weapons can be equipped not only with conventional but also with nuclear ammunition. This will allow "Poseidon" to hit a wide range of targets, including aircraft carrier groups, coastal fortifications and infrastructure. Moreover, on Wednesday, February 20, in a message to the Federal Assembly, V. Putin announced that the first nuclear submarine, the carrier of the unmanned complex, would be launched into the spring of 2019.