Russia to develop new missile systems by 2021

  1. US recently decided to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement, signed between US and Russia in 1987, as US believes that Russia has violated the treaty by discreetly developing missiles.
  2. Following US withdrawal, now, Russia has reciprocated that it would develop two new missile systems in the next two years i.e. (a) a land-based version of the seaborne ‘Kalibr’ system equipped with a long-range cruise missile and (b) a land-based missile system with a long-range hypersonic missile.
  3. (INF) Treaty required US and Russia to eliminate their nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, to ensure stability and security to European continent.