For all the bombastic talk from Russian President about the hitting power of the new RS-28 Sarmat 'super heavy' ICBM, observers are highly sceptical that it will enter service in 2023 as claimed.
GBSD rebrand sees launch of Sentinel
The USAF has officially renamed the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent as the LGM-35A Sentinel.
As the land element of the US nuclear triad, Sentinel will include a ‘fully integrated launch, flight and infrastructure system with modern command and control features’, the USAF noted in a 5 April statement.
Sentinel is designed to operate into the 2070s as a replacement for the LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental nuclear ballistic missile.
The new system will incorporate low-risk and ‘technically mature components’ in a modular architecture ‘that can easily incorporate emerging technology to adapt in rapidly evolving threat environments’, the USAF claimed, adding that Sentinel will be easier and cheaper to maintain than Minuteman.
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