Top 10 Most Powerful Weapons of The Russian Military

Top 10 Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Russian Military Weapons

Top 10 Most Powerful Weapons of The Russian Military

Russia is one of the superpowers of the world. To remain a super power, Russia increases its defense budget in every year. Russia has to invent in new technology and new weapons to remain a superpower. Russia has the world's best missile systems, submarines, helicopters, fighter aircrafts and battle tanks. In this list we bring Top 10 Most Powerful/Strongest Weapons of Russian Military.

Currently top 10 best weapons of Russian Military are these:

List of Top 10 Most Powerful/Strongest Weapons of Russian Military:

1. RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons

The RS-24 Yars also known as Topol'-MR, is a Russian MIRV equipped, thermonuclear armed intercontinent ballistic missile. It was first tested on May 29,2007, after a secret millitary R&D project and was adopted by Russian Strategic Missile Forces in 2010. The RS-24 Yars was developed both as a road-mobile and silo-based system.

RS-24 is a missile that is heavier than the current SS-27 Mod 1 (Topol-M). It has three stages. The main difference from the previous missile is thst Yars is MIRV- equipped and can carry at least 6 independently targetable warheads, some other reports say it can carry up to 10 independently targetable warheads.

RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Specifications

  • The RS-24 Yars Ballistic Missile was entered in service on July 2010.
  • The Mass of RS-24 Yars is 49,600 kg, and length is 23 m, and Diameter is 2 m.
  • The RS-24 has at least 3-6 MIRVs 300-500 kiloton and 6-9 with 150 kiloton warheads.
  • The Operational range of RS-24 is 11,000 km (6,800 mi) to 12,000 km (7,500 mi).
  • The Maximum speed of RS-24 Yars is over Mach 20 (24,500 km/h).
  • The RS-24 Yars takes 7 minutes to prepare the missile for launch.

2.  "Black Hole" Novorossiysk Stealth Submarine ( Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons

The Novorossiysk Submarine is Russia's first stealth submarine. In 2016, Russia started built a new series of submarines under the project 636.3. The Novorossiysk Submarine are based on the previous Kilo-class submarines, but it has new advanced technology and an advanced control system, new radar systems and more powerful weapons. 

The Novorossiysk Submarine is considered as one of the most silent submarines in the world. That's why U.S. Navy dubbed them "The Black Holes". The Novorossiysk Submarine is able to operate for up to 45 days in sea at a time.

Novorossiysk Stealth Submarine Specifications

  • The Novorossiysk Submarine is 74 meters long (243 Foot long). It is one of the stealth and so silent submarine.
  • The Novorossiysk Submarine carries a 52 crew members. This Submarine has a working depth of 787 feet (240 meters).
  • The top speed of this submarines is 20 knots (37 km/h).
  • The range of Novorossiysk Submarine is about 7,500 miles (12,000 km).

3. Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette (Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons

The Bora -Class hoverborne guided missile corvette of the Russian Navy, also bears the NATO class name Dergach. Its designation in the Soviet and Russian navies is Project 1239, the first vessel produced under this designation was Sivuch, which was later renamed Bora. 

The Bora-class was designed in 1988 mainly for coastal defense and patrol duties against surface vessels, large and small. Two were built and currently in service, both assigned to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The Bora Class corvette can stay at sea for up to 10 days at a time.

Bora-Class Missile Corvette Specifications 

  • The Bora-Class corvette are 215 feet long and 56 feet wide, with four 200 kilowatt diesel driven powered generators on board.
  • The Bora-Class corvette require a crew of at least 35. The number of crew increase to 68 in combat.
  • The maximum speed of Bora-Class is 63 miles per hour with a range of up to about 2,800 miles.
  • The Bora-Class corvette has a 1× AK-176 M automatic 76.2 mm cannon, 2× AK-630 30 mm anti-aircraft gatling cannons and 1×14.5 mm naval machine gun mounts.
  • The Bora-Class corvette has 8(2×4) P-270 Moskit anti-ship missiles, 1×9K33M "Osa-MA type surface-to-air missile system for anti-aircraft defense with 20 missiles and it also has 1× DP-64 anti-saboteur grenade launcher.

4. P-800 Oniks Anti-ship Cruise Missile (Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons

The P-800 Oniks also known in export markets as Yakhont is a Russian supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The Oniks missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya as a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr. In 2017 the P-800 Oniks missiles were fitted on single Russian Oscar ll class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine.

The P-800 has an effective guidance system. It is fire and forget, which means that the launch platform can run to safety after launching the missile. The P-800 has a very high chance of hitting its target. Its supersonic speed gives it a good chance of avoiding CIWS and other shipboard guns. 

P-800 Oniks Anti-ship Cruise Missile Specifications

  • The P-800 Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles entered in service in 2002.
  • The P-800 Oniks missile has a mass of 3,000 kg, length of 8.9 m (29.2 ft) and diameter of 0.7 m(2.3 ft).
  • The Oniks anti-ship cruise missile has a maximum speed of 3,062 km/h (2.5 Mach).
  • The P-800 Oniks missile has a maximum range of up to 300 km for Yakhont export version and rand of 600-800 km for Oniks, Oniks-M versions only for Russia. 
  • The P-800 cruise missile carries a powerful warhead. Weighing between 200 and 250 kilograms.

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5. S-400 Missile System ( Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Strongest Russian Military Weapons

The S-400 Triumph is an surface-to-air defense missile system. It is an upgrade missile system of the S-300 family. The S-400 system developed in the 1990s by Russia's Almaz Central Design Bureau. The Russia also upgrade this S-400 missile system to S-500 missile system.

The S-400 is intended to engage aircraft, ballistic and cruise missile. It is claimed that the S-400 is capable of detecting and engaging targets to a range of 400 km. It is also claimed that S-400 air defense missile system is capable of engaging stealth aircraft.

S-400 Missile System Specifications

  • The S-400 missile system entered in service in 28 April 2007.
  • The S-400 missile system cost $300 million per system. This system ground clearance is 485 mm.
  • The S-400 missile system has four missiles of different operational range, first is 9M96E missile with 40 km range, second is 9M96E2 missile with 120 km range, third is 48N6 missile with 200-250 km range and fourth is 40N6E missile with 400 km range.
  • The warheads of the missiles used in the S-400 missile system is from 24 kg to 180 kg.

6. BuK M3 Missile System ( Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons

The BuK M3 is a new Russian medium-range air defense missile system. The Buk M3 is the latest production version with new missiles, more advanced electronic components and has 36 target channels. In 2022, the Buk M3 was used operationally during the Russian invasion to Ukraine.

The Buk M3 uses a new 9K317M missile. The Buk M3 air defense system can engage tactical and strategic aircraft, helicopter, short- range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, air-launched missile, anti-radiation missile, guided bombs.

Buk M3 Missile System Specifications 

  • The Buk M3 was entered service in 2016 with Russian Military. It is operated by crew of 4.
  • The Buk M3 can track target traveling at speeds of up to 6,700 miles per hour and up to 43 miles from where it is installed.
  • The Buk M3 Missile has a range of up to 70 km. Maximum altitude is 35 km. Minimum range of fire is 2.5 km and minimum altitude is altitude is around 15 meters.
  • The Buk M3 Missile is fitted with high-explosive fragmentation warhead. 

7. Mikoyan MiG-35 ( Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons

The Mikoyan MiG-35 is an Russian multirole fighter aircraft. The Mikoyan MiG-35 is designed by Mikoyan developed from Mikoyan MiG-29M, Mikoyan MiG-29K. The Mikoyan MiG-35 marketed as a 4++ generation fighter jet.

The Mikoyan first officially presented the MiG-35 internationally during the 2017 Moscow air show, the MiG-35 fighter aircraft entered service in June 2019.

The Mikoyan MiG-35's new design includes the 5th generation intelligence surveillance system, an interconnected range of defensive control systems to enhance combat sustainability.
Mikoyan MiG-35 Specifications
  • The Maximum speed of Mikoyan MiG-35 is Mach 2.25.
  • The Range of Mikoyan MiG-35 is 1100 nmi (2,100 km), and combat range is 540 nmi (1000km).
  • The MiG-35 is equipped with 30 mm GSh autocannon with 100 rounds. It also has 9 Hardpoints with a capacity of up to 6500 kg.
  • The MiG-35 equipped with air-to-air, air-to-surface, anti-ship, anti-radiation missiles including R-73, Kh-25MAE,Kh-31AD, Kh-31PD.
  • The Mikoyan MiG-35 has avionics like Zhuk-ME passive electronically scanned array radar and Phazotron Zhuk-A/AM active electronically scanned array radar.

8. T-90 Main Battle Tank (Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Russian Military Weapons

The T-90 is a  third generation Russian main battle tank. T-90 battle tank designed by Kartsev-Venediktov and manufactured by Uralbagonzavod, Heavy Vehicles Factory. It is the most modern thank currently in service with the Russian Army. The T-90 is considered to be among the 10 best main battle tank in the world. 

The T-90 Battle Tank comes with standard protective measures include a blend of steel and composite armour, smoke grenade dischargers, kontakt-5 explosive-reactive armour and the shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. Currently it is the most commercially successful main battle tank on the global market.

T-90 Main Battle Tank Specifications 

  • The T-90 Main Battle Tank entered in service in 1992 with Russian Army.
  • The T-90 tank is operated by a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. 
  • The  T-90 tank has 125 mm smoothbre gun with 43 rounds, and two 7.62 mm, 12.7 mm machines guns with 2000, 300 rounds.
  • The T-90 tanks maximum road speed is 60 km/h and maximum range of fire is 550 km.
  • T-90 tanks can also launch 9M119M Refleks anti-tank guided missiles.

9. Pantsir Missile System (Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons

The Pantsir missile system is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery systems. The Pantsir was designed to protect strategic military and civil point targets. It was originally designed to meet requirements of Russian Air Defense Forces.

The Pantsir was designed to provide point air defence of military, industrial and administrative installations against aircraft, helicopters, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs; and to provide additional protection to air defence units against enemy air attacks employing precision munitions, especially at low to extremely low altitudes. 

Pantsir Missile System Specifications 

  • The Pantsir missile system was entered in service in 2012.
  • The Pantsir missile system is operated by a crew of three members.
  • The Pantsir missile system has two dual 30 mm guns, these guns is up to 5,000 rounds per minute. These can engage targets up to 4 km away.
  • The 57E6 missile of the Pantsir has a two-stage solid fuel rocket motors. It has a maximum speed of Mach 3.
  • Missiles of this air defense system have a maximum range of 20 km. Minimal range is 1 km. Maximum altitude is 8 km.

10. Krasukha 2/4 Electronic Warfare System ( Russian Military Weapons)

Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons
Top 10 Most Powerful Russian Military Weapons

The Krasukha is a Russian mobile, ground-based, electronic warfare system. This system is produced by the KRET corporation on different wheeled platforms. The Krasukha electronic warfare system comes in two variants: 1L269 Krasukha-2, 1RL257 Krasukha-4.

The Krasukha's primary targets are airborne radio-electronics (such as UAVs) and airborne systems guided by radar. The Krasukha can also jam other airborne radars, such as those for radar-guided missiles. The missiles, once jammed, then receive a false target away from the original to ensure that the missiles no longer pose a threat. 

Krasukha Electronic Warfare System Specifications

  • The Krasukha electronic warfare system entered in service in 2014.
  • The operational range of Krasukha-2 is 250 km and Krasukha-4 is 300 km.
  • The Krasukha system can jam airborne radar and electronic from up to 160 miles away.
  • The new upgrade Krasukha designs is even powerful enough to jam satellites in low earth orbit and permanently disable certain radio-electronic devices.

List of Top 10 Most Strongest/Powerful Russian Military Weapons:

S.No.Russian Military Weapons
1RS - 24 Yars
2Novorossiysk Stealth Submarine
3Bora Class Guided Missile Corvette
4P-800 Oniks Anti-ship Cruise Missile
5S-400 Missile System
6BuK M3 Missile System
7Mikoyan MiG-35 Fighter Aircraft
8T-90 Main Battle Tank
9Pantsir Missile System
10Krasukha Electronic Warfare System

So, this is the list of
Top 10 Best Russian Military Weapons

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