President Vladimir V. Putin recently claimed that Russia had successfully tested the Burevestnik missile.
- The Burevestnik, whose name translates as “storm petrel”, is a ground-launched, low-flying cruise missile that is not only capable of carrying a nuclear warhead but is also nuclear-powered.
- The Burevestnik is one of six strategic weapons that the Russian President introduced in a 2018 speech.
- It is code-named ‘SSC-X-9 Skyfall’ by NATO.
- In theory, the nuclear energy could let it fly around the world several times before hitting its target.
- It is powered by a small nuclear reactor, which heats up air to propel the missile forward.
- Its nuclear propulsion gives the missile much longer range than traditional turbojet or turbofan engines that are limited by how much fuel they can carry.
- It has a range of up to 14,000 miles (22000 km).