Russia to Get 40 New Intercontinental Missiles This Year

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech at the opening of the Army-2015 international military show featuring the latest Russian weapons in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2015.(Photo: Ivan Sekretarev/AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech at the opening of the Army-2015 international military show featuring the latest Russian weapons in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2015.(Photo: Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses -- a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.

Putin made the statement Tuesday at the opening of an arms show at a shooting range in Alabino just west of Moscow, a display featuring the latest Russian weapons.

He says the military is also getting an array of other new weapons, including the Armata tanks and other new armored vehicles, which were first shown to the public during a Red Square military parade last month.

Putin also noted that the military was to start testing its new long-range early warning radar intended to monitor the western direction.

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