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r/worldnews – Russia’s prime minister threatens retaliation against countries that ban Russian ships from ports


ICBMs are extremely complicated pieces of kit. Its not something you build once and then just plop it into the ground for a few years an expect it to still work. Given what shit show we are seeing now, if an order was given:

  1. How many people would follow it?

  2. Of those that did how many missiles would launch vs just sit there doing nothing?

  3. Of those that attempted to launch, how many would blow up in the tubes?

  4. Of those that cleared the tubes how many would make orbit?

  5. Of those that made orbit how many would track to the actual target?

  6. Of those that start tracking to target how many would get through the missile shields?

  7. Of those that made it through the shields, how many would properly detonate?

Not saying these are things that we really want to test…. But its probably a very different situation than it would have been at the height of the cold war when these things were new, and “may” have actually been maintained to some degree.

The US spends ~35B/year on nuclear maintenance and readiness (this is NOT the big money upgrades that keep getting put off, this is just keeping the cobwebs dusted off). Russia’s 2021 budget set aside ~400M for “upgrades” to their nuclear force…. who the hell knows the allocations for maintenance (total Russian defense budget is like 60B/year for background). Of the allocated budget what is actually being spent on real maintenance vs some asshat’s house in Miami…. who’s to say…….



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