Yes they are but not against USA. They could destroy neighbour countries in a nuclear war but then US would know in the next minute there was an attack. So 4 min for the missile flight+2 for the call phone = 6min to know there was an attack.
And US don't care about these eastern countries. They use them like soviets used them. A supply in men and no man's land in case of war
Neither the US nor the Soviet Union cared about their European allies... for the US the western allies were land to fight on so they didn't have a war on US soil and for the soviet Union it was largely the same... a place to fight that was not Soviet soil.
The main reason, as I said for the INF treaty was that because at the time there was no defence and the very short flight time it put the soviets on a hair trigger... they would not have the luxury of taking time to decide if it was a mistake or a launch... this made everything very dangerous so both sides decided to ban the medium or intermediate range BMs.
Now that defences are entering service there is no so much a hair trigger so it is less of a problem.
I can't understand why you're saying that. S-400 are ready, S-500 almost. NATO doesn't have IRBMs so it will be benefic to withdraw from the INF treaty and start studying new balistic weapons or cruise missiles.
Upon deciding to do so they could have 3,000km range cruise missiles based in europe in 6 months or so... and now they could base them in former Soviet republics and Turkey... ie very close to Moscow.
From what I've read on some article the ABM in europe is protecting just USA and is completly armless against russian's missiles (even Iranian's missiles ?)
But will not always continue to be so... About Block 3 upgrade level it is supposed to be able to stop all sorts of threats including multiple targets.
The ONIX is 2-4 millions $. We can be sure Zircon will not be cheaper.
Not sure where that number came from.
Arleigh Burke and tico can carry like 60-70 tomahawks (with SAMs missiles) plus Ohio class 150 tomahawks. I was thinking about that,not some stupid dannish ships (all they know to do is hidding with their stupid strealthy structure) when I was talking about NATO.
Russia has no global empire to maintain... their Kirov class vessels will get 80 launch tubes for cruise missiles including hypersonic ones...
New build destroyers will have 32 launch tubes for a range of missile types and cruisers will have 80 launch tubes for such weapons.
Oscars will have 72 onyx launch tubes which could take cruise missiles too one suspects.
With the success of cruise missile attacks on Syria perhaps plans for a cruise missile Typhoon with the SS-N-20 tubes removed and replaced with cruise missile tubes might be revived.
Remember tubes can be reloaded and land air and sea platforms can all carry Russian cruise missiles.
I was NOT criticizing Russian vessels, but the very slow and poor production of them. Gorshkov production is very slow, Lider exist just on paper and it will take 10 years (even more) before the firt is put in service. They say they will buy 12 of them but we all know is unlikely to happen.
Russia could bankrupt itself and raise production speeds to Late Cold war levels but what would be the point of that?
Well, all Buyan will be destroyed like all Nanushkas by any helo armed with AShM. Steregoushchy could survive longer with 12 missiles with 40 km range.
All new Russian ships have Sigma battle management and communication system... any helicopter the Buyan detects will be shared with all russian platforms in the area... if the helicopter is not shot down with the Buyans 100mm main gun or Gibka then a supporting vessel will take it out.
3,000km range cruise missiles means they don't have to get anywhere near the target area to launch... and 99.9999% of its time will be spent as a patrol corvette for which it is over armed.
If we can come back to the subject, can you at least answer me about the production capabilities of BM of russia. Even if you says they use more cruise missiles, some areas are too far for naval cruise missiles like Russo-chinese border, ountries that the name finish by -stan (kazak, ouzbek ...) and I don't think Russians are planing a war without BM. They will try to coordinate their attack with one BM and one CM to maximise the chances and that's the idea told by a defector in the video made in Israel, I think it was posted here.
AFAIK in a nuclear war each missile will have multiple warheads and each warhead will have its target... so for instance 6 very different ICBMs from different silos plus say two warheads from two different subs mounted on two different SLBMs might be targeted at Washington. They will come in at different times from different directions, but will ensure the target is hit properly.
The average cruise missile will be launched after a 6-12 hour subsonic flight and adding subsonic flight for another 3 to 5 thousand kms means cruise missiles might not explode on target until days after the ICBMs and SLBMs have hit...
Major airfields will be destroyed and aircraft in no condition to intercept those CMs in flight however so they will probably get through too.