US Media: Creating a nuclear train in Russia is an impractical idea

The creation in the USSR of a military railway missile complex (BZHRK or “nuclear train”) was “a clearly impractical idea that was not brought to an end,” writes The American Interest, an American publication. In the article "Nuclear Chug-Choo: The Soviets had a crazy idea about a nuclear missile train," the author explains his point of view.

The author (Sebastien Roblin (Sebastien Roblin), who received a master's degree in conflict resolution at Georgetown University and worked as a lecturer at Peace Corps University in China) reports that in the summer of 2018, the Kremlin released a flurry of videos showing various systems being developed in Russia nuclear weapons, "from the RS-28 Satan-2 ICBM and the Dagger hypersonic missiles, to the nuclear torpedo," capable of destroying coastal American cities with tsunamis from irradiated water. "

At the same time, the expert drew attention to the project for the development of Doomsday trains in Russia, the successor to the Soviet BZHRK. Roblin clarified that the concept of BZHRK was developed many decades ago and was based on the idea that the moving train is much more difficult to hit the enemy, therefore, it will become a serious element of nuclear deterrence.

The expert noted that a similar principle made submarines (submarines, submarines) equipped with SLBMs the most effective nuclear deterrence tool. Since they "can roam the vast expanses, being under water." In turn, the masking of the "ghost train" will be carried out due to its visual "merger" with the usual railway traffic.

The author explains that only by the end of the 1980s in the USSR, the solid-fuel ICBM RT-23 UTTKh Molodets was finally developed, which was shorter than previous ICBMs (according to NATO classification - SS-24 and Scalpel, developed by Design Bureau "South" (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR) and adopted for service in 1987). At the same time, the "ghost train" was pulled by three standard diesel locomotives, and Soviet specialists managed to create a device that pushes overhanging power cables.

According to the author, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (Ukraine), 12 such BZHRK were created, which stood on combat duty in the period from 1987 to 2002. At the same time, the American satellites only partially managed to track their movements. After that, the Pentagon set about developing its own version of the “ghost train,” but the end of the Cold War led to the closure of this project.

After the collapse of the USSR, sixty-two ICBMs RT-23 UTTH Molodets were in Ukraine for some time. But in 1994 they were transferred to Russia. Moreover, the BZHRK were decommissioned in the period 2003-2005 and some of them are now museum exhibits.

The author is surprised that as soon as the Pentagon set about developing the US missile defense system and the “Fast Global Strike” program, it “caused paranoia in Moscow.” According to the author, this is what prompted Russia to make large investments in improving its system for delivering nuclear weapons.

After that, in 2012, the Moscow Institute of Heat Engineering began to develop the successor to the “ghost train” called “Barguzin”, named after the violent winds of Lake Baikal. The new BZHRK planned to use a lighter rocket RS-24 "Yars". But in December 2017, it was announced that the development of the BZHRK was stopped. Moreover, the project can be quickly revived if necessary.

In addition, the author noted that in December 2015, China tested the Dongfeng-41 (East Wind) ICBM. He suggested that the Chinese "comrades" are developing their own "ghost train", modeled on the Soviet one.
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  1. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 11 March 2020 11: 31
    Why the US is afraid of the Russian "ghost train"

    Already so much has been said about this and retold that the question - why the US is afraid - seems strange.
    The fact that, as it is written, the project was curtailed, does not at all mean that it was actually curtailed. Well, if you still turned, it pleases that if necessary they can revive.
    But still it would be calmer if this train was !!!!
    1. mor7d Offline mor7d
      mor7d (mor7d) April 6 2020 10: 02
      Already so much has been said about this and retold that the question - why the US is afraid - seems strange

      If this is really so scary, then maybe the Americans need to do something similar. Moreover, they with their level of technology to make such a train time to spit. They do not, which means that this is not necessary. Impractical idea.
      1. T. Henks Offline T. Henks
        T. Henks (Igor) April 6 2020 15: 43
        They have no railways.
        1. mor7d Offline mor7d
          mor7d (mor7d) April 7 2020 07: 46
          They have no railways

          Is this such a subtle joke? The United States still has the longest rail network in the world, amounting to 293 km.
  2. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 11 March 2020 12: 54
    If you speak for it, it’s definitely practical — maybe diapers will go up in price !!!
  3. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 11 March 2020 13: 24
    Quote: x / f Office romance
    - In your place, I would be interested in boots not during work, but after it.
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  4. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 11 March 2020 17: 48
    BZHRK thing is good. Stealth is almost like a nuclear submarine, but the price is lower and the service is safer.
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 March 2020 23: 35
    Why are you cursing?
    The project was closed anyway, and for a long time.
    No train, no. Only blah blah on the internet and that's it.
  6. 69 Offline 69
    69 12 March 2020 06: 21
    Anything that a non-hegemon can get in a den and cut into the brain is considered "impractical" in advance.
    1. Redfox3k Offline Redfox3k
      Redfox3k (Vladislav) 13 March 2020 11: 09
      Moreover, they believe that if there is an opportunity to strike back - this is paranoia. They consider themselves God's chosen ones.
  7. duchy Offline duchy
    duchy (Salih) 12 March 2020 17: 54
    Well, these Americans are naive that they are developing types of weapons - then this is overly stupid, but if the rivals have a complete crap and, sitting overseas, they indicate that it’s good, that it’s bad. It would be nice if they were inspired by the thought, like a sparrow in a heap, sit and do not tweet on your island.
    1. mor7d Offline mor7d
      mor7d (mor7d) April 7 2020 07: 49
      naive these americans

      Once this is really so scary, then the Americans could also do such a thing. Moreover, they with their level of technology to make such a train time to spit. They do not, which means that this is not necessary. Impractical idea.
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  9. Offline (Alexander) 28 March 2020 17: 15
    It's just CONGENIOUS !!!

    The Pentagon has taken on the development of the US missile defense system and the Fast Global Strike program, which "has caused paranoia in Moscow."

    Yeah ... the United States is just developing a global strike program - and Russia has PARANOIA !? Amazing ... Why would !? It’s simply impossible to think up more idiocy ...
  10. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) April 8 2020 15: 08
    US Media: Creating a nuclear train in Russia is an impractical idea

    This is all rubbish! When there was disarmament, the Americans had one of the main conditions to remove nuclear trains from duty! Tracking the movement of trains across the vast expanses of Russia is very difficult, if at all possible. Why Americans do not do this at home! The answer is simple. In the USA, everything is almost private, and private traders ask for money for everything! So, letting such trains to the USA is a very expensive pleasure! Another thing is Russia!
  11. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) April 21 2020 16: 50
    So, we must create, or revive.