Those of us that served in the United Kingdom armed forces in the seventies and eighties will remember the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) threat lecture.
The video used in that lecture portrayed hundreds of well trained and well equipped Russian infantry soldiers advancing at the double through a smoke screen that was simulating a gas cloud. They appeared to all intents and purposes like extras on a Star Wars film set.
In those Cold War lessons, we learnt that our Soviet adversaries regarded chemical weapons in the same way as they regarded conventional munitions, and were prepared to use them in any future conflict.
On the missile front Russia’s has fielded this impressive piece of equipment. It’s their Topol M on a mobile erector launcher.
Is it claimed by the Russian Federation to be capable of penetrating US missile defence systems with the capacity to completely destroy an area the size of Texas! It flys faster with with a smaller heat signature which makes harder for defences to detect and shortens re action time. It’s also capable of deploying its own decoys too!
Pictured below left is a RKhM-6 CBRN recconaissance Vehicle.
This vehicle can reportedly detect chemical agents and measure the concentration whilst on the move at a distance of 5 kilometers. Its also equiped with the latest automatic meteorological and satelite navigation systems.
I have highlighted and only touched on Russia’s chemical capability, we must not forget of course their biological and radiological assets.
I cannot finish this article without mentioning the Alexander Litvinenko affair, where on the First of November 2006 Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium 210. Was this a first in radiological assasinations or were there other undetected assinations which have taken place? And more recently the assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter using Novichok nerve agent. One things for sure, it appears that there is another weapon in the Russian CBRN arsenal. The use of CBRN substances for covert operations.