Russia's nuclear arsenal surpasses the US and in the future it will be even stronger, the developer of the Russian strategic missile systems, the General Designer of the ‘Moscow Institute of Thermal Technologies’ Yuri Solomonov said.
“As long as there are nuclear weapons, there will be no war that’s for 100%. That is a guarantee of our security. Our nuclear arsenal is stronger than the American strategic nuclear force. And it will be even stronger. I am saying this not to brag but I know it professionally,” Solomonov said.
According to him, due to the nuclear weapons the world manages to avoid a new global conflict.
“Thanks to nuclear weapons for 70 years there are no world wars on the globe whereas the local conflicts existed, exist and will exist. This is due to the fact that the presence of nuclear weapons and the fear of using them is so high that people are just afraid of that,” said the designer, who led the development of such missiles as the ‘Bulava’,’ Yars’, ‘Topol’ and others,” Solomonov added.
The nuclear arms race was a competition for supremacy in nuclear warfare between the United States, the Soviet Union, and their respective allies during the Cold War. During this period, in addition to the American and Soviet nuclear stockpiles, other countries developed nuclear weapons, though none engaged in warhead production on nearly the same scale as the two superpowers.
With the end of the Cold War the United States, and especially Russia, cut down on nuclear weapons spending. Fewer new systems were developed and both arsenals have shrunk. But both countries still maintain stocks of nuclear missiles numbering in the thousands. In the USA, stockpile stewardship programs have taken over the role of maintaining the aging arsenal.