On October 17th, Russian President Vladimir Putin led a training session as part of the Grom-2019 command-post exercises. Command was conducted from the National Defence Management Centre of the Russian Federation.
Practical launches of ballistic and cruise missiles were carried out during the exercises from submarines of the Northern and Pacific fleets from the Barents and Okhotsk seas at the Kura testing ground on Kamchatka and the Chizha testing ground in Arkhangelsk Region.
About 12,000 service personnel, 213 launchers of the Strategic Missile Forces, up to 105 aircraft, up to 15 surface ships, five submarines and 310 units of combat and special equipment were engaged in the Grom-2019 exercises.
From the waters of the Barents and Okhotsk seas, strategic missile submarines of the Northern and Pacific fleets launched ballistic missiles at the Kura training grounds in Kamchatka and Chizh in the Arkhangelsk region. At the same time, surface ships of the Northern Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla launched Caliber high-precision cruise missiles from the Barents and Caspian seas on targets on the shore.
The Tu-95MS long-range aircraft were involved in the exercise, which carried out practical launches of air-based cruise missiles at targets at the Pemboy training grounds in the Komi Republic and Kura in Kamchatka.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu accompanied Putin during the exercises. Shoigu said that the armed forces were deploying “highly accurate nuclear weapons and weapons based on new physical principles.”
One of the missiles that was launched was the Kalibr precision cruise missile.
It was launched from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine:
From a missile boat:
And from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov:
Another missile was the RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, it was launched from the Plesetsk State Testing Cosmodrome:
The R-29R and the R-29RMU Sineva submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also launched. The Sineva was launched from the Russian cruiser submarine Karelia:
The Tu-95MS long-range aircraft took off and launched Kh-101 cruise missiles:
All the ballistic and cruise missiles launched by the Russian troops during the strategic command and staff exercise Thunder-2019 struck the designated targets and confirmed their stated characteristics.
The Defense Ministry spokesman said: “The tasks assigned during the training of the strategic deterrence forces have been accomplished in full and all the missiles have reached the targets, thus confirming their stated characteristics.”
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