Russian defence chiefs are building armoured ‘ghost’ trains capable of launching a barrage of nuclear rockets from anywhere in the country.
The fleet of terrifying vehicles is a nod back to the Soviet Union, when the state had 12 railway-based locomotives ready on demand to launch 36 missiles.
Sources from the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti news agency that the rockets will be tested in 2019.
The new weapons system, dubbed the ‘death’ or ‘ghost’ train, is codenamed Barguzin and is expected to carry six intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The first phase of tests for the Barguzin “railway-based combat rocket system” were carried out in November, the state-owned Interfax news agency reports.
A military source told the agency: “They were fully successful, paving the way for further flight tests.”
The mobile weapons platform, made up of several train carriages designed to conceal the launchers of six Yars or Yars-M thermonuclear ICBMs and their command units, are expected to enter service between 2018 and 2020.
The mobile weapons system is expected to enter service between 2018 and 2020.