Russia doesn't use silos anymore. They use mobile ICBMs now.The technology is not mature yet. As of today, a conventional armed TRIDENT cannot take out a Russian silo but we have restricted ourselves from ever developing that technology.
We always have that ability against those countries.... CVNs.Never mind the Russians. What about the Chinese? What about the Iranians? What about the Pakistanis? Why do we restrict ourselves from conventionally taking out those threats? Why do we have to rely on nukes to take out their arsenals in time critical missions?
Yes at the cost of the rest of their navy which means that Russia can't project power and instead waste more money on nuke subs that doesn't really do much in the conventional sphere of geopolitics.Their SSBNs are extremely viable and have resumed Cold War scheduled patrols. My assumption, and would be a valid one, that they're ready for bear.
30 days is enough to remachine and refurbish the nukes? I thought it takes more.Their doctrine states that they have 30 days (that's how long a crisis would develop) to bring to full alert. At such a point, I don't think money matters much. They're assuming they're going to die.
I thought those parts are useless because of the radiation and emissions from radioactive decay. Not only that, you have stated repeatedly that the cores and charges need to be reshape every couple years.However, to answer your point, they're not throwing decommissioned nukes into the Volga because they can't work. They're dismantling them which means that they've got parts galore. All they have to do is to canablize their decomissioning nukes.
Yes at the expense of everything else.And they've added features to overcome BMD. The point is the Russians are never as strong as we believe but they're never as weak as we believe. Push comes to shove, they will get their birds into the air. They've always did.
The difference with those weapons is that the Russians had more time to identify whether it was conventional attack or not. With ICBMs you had no way of knowing in time.You mean like B52s, B1s, and B2s, and cruise missile strikes during the Kuwait and Iraq Wars?