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The tests of the compact nuclear power unit for cruise missile Burevestnik have successfully completed in Russia, a source in the missile producing industry told TASS.

“A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, were successfully completed at one of the facilities in January,” he said.

The trials “sustained stated specifications of the reactor ensuring the missile’s unlimited range,” the source added.

No official confirmation of the information provided by the source has been obtained by TASS.

In March 2018, President Vladimir Putin said Russia had developed a compact high-power nuclear engine intended for air-launched cruise missiles and sea-launched cruise missiles.

Such a low-flying stealth CM armed with a special warhead features almost unlimited range, non-predictable trajectory and high air defense penetration capacity and cannot be intercepted by all existing missile defense and air defense assets.


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9M730 Burevestnik AKA “SkyFall”. The only partially successful test (over 13 launch attempts) until the Jan.29 was in November 2017 from Russia’s Pank’ovo test site in Novaya Zemlya and resulted in recovery mission involving specialized Russian ship crews to retrieve the missile’s debris and nuclear materials from the Barents Sea after a crash. It is unclear if they managed to recover the c**p… Note that most of Soviet nuclear waste are in the sea of Barents near Novaya Zemlya which also was an atmospheric nuke test site where the 50 megatons Tsar-Bomba was blasted. The missile had not been tested… Read more »