Putin unveils nuclear weapons program, nukes Florida in animated video

Leigh Mccormick
March 5, 2018

Putin had talked up Russia's "invincible" nuclear weapons arsenal, including an animation that showed what was fairly obviously the Florida peninsula being attacked, and making clear Russian developments are meant to circumvent United States missile defenses.

The Russian President also threatened during his state of the nation address that any nuclear attack on allies of Moscow is to be considered as an attack on Russia, leading it to make a quick action.

Among the new weapons that Putin said were either in development or ready: a new intercontinental ballistic missile, a small nuclear warhead that could be attached to cruise missiles, underwater nuclear drones, a supersonic weapon and a laser weapon.

"No one really wanted to talk to us basically".

The video footage also contained a computer generated sequence showing the potential power and reach of the new rocket, which included bombs raining down over the US state of Florida. "Give us a formal request via official channels, not through the press with cries in US Congress".

A hypersonic glide vehicle: Putin said Russian Federation had developed a missile system with a weapon capable of flying "like a meteorite" at several times the speed of sound.

"This is not about defence; it's about deterrence", she said, adding that the Defence Department was not surprised by Putin's weapons claims.

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News reporter and Today Show anchor Megyn Kelly has scored her second interview with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. "Our system defends against ballistic missiles from outside the Euro-Atlantic area", Lungescu said, in reference to the Middle East and further afield.

The US has been tracking Russia's nuclear-powered underwater drone project following a 2015, Russian "leak", which revealed plans of the underwater drone, complete with images of what the government-aligned television station NTV said was its nuclear warhead.

For more on Putin and Russia's new nuclear capabilities, see NBC News.

He compared Putin's address to former British prime minister Winston Churchill's 1946 speech in which he condemned the Soviet Union and effectively announced the beginning of the Cold War.

"We aren't threatening anyone, we aren't going to attack anyone, we aren't going to take anything from anyone", he said.

Putin said some of the weapons have been tested and were provided to the Russian military.

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