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Latest News Russia's Reportedly Building A Nuclear Space Bomber

The Russian military has announce that it's in the process of building a space plane that might fire weapons wherever on Earth within two hours... and it's leaving to be armed with nukes.
According to the everyday Beast, the claims could kick-start a latest nuclear arms race between the US and Russia - but this time in space.
Russia's military told the state-owned information site Sputnik this week that they're creation good progress on a bomber, which will be clever to launch nuclear warheads from outer space, and could be ready as early on as 2020.
The plane itself is alike to the US Air Force's reusable Boeing X-37 (X-37B) robotic mini-shuttle, which is sort of like a small, remote-controlled account of the global Space Station.
In itself, that's not a bad thing - a lot of companies and governments are operational on similar planes themselves.
But currently Russia has announced that they plan to store nuclear warheads in their robotic plane.
"The plan is that the bomber will take off from a usual home airfield to patrol Russian airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Aleksei Solodovnikov told Russia's global News Agency, as Sputnik information. "Upon authority it will ascend into outer space, strike a target with nuclear warheads and then go back to its home base."
"That's not just a gross violation of international law, it represent a fairly profound act of hypocrisy on Russia's part," writes David Axe for the Daily creature.
"It wasn’t extended ago that the Russian government accuse the United States of weaponising space by sending aloft the nimble, versatile X-37B, essentially a quarter-size, remote-controlled account of the Space Shuttle that could, in hypothesis, carry weapons - but does not."
The charge he's referring to was made in April 2010, when the US Air Force launch the X-37B for the first time, and the Russian military accuse them of sneaking weapons on board, breach the Outer Space Treaty.
The treaty was sign back in 1967 by 104 countries, including the US and Russia, and it barred the militarisation of space.
The agreement states: "parties to the treaty undertake not to place in orbit approximately the Earth any objects transport nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass obliteration, install such weapons on celestial bodies or place such weapons in outer space in some other manner."
The US's X-37B was assessed by independent expert and deemed too small to take weapons that could strike Earth, so that crisis was averted.
But 6years later, Russia is outright claiming they're developing knowledge that will be able to do presently what they decided not to when they signed the treaty. In fact, that's the craft's sole reason.
To be clear, right currently the only corroboration we have about this nuclear space bomber is from state-controlled Russian media, so let's not get too approved away. But if it's true, it's a pretty concerning growth for the tenuous relatives between Russia and the rest of the world.
So how does the plane work? Again, detail are pretty thin on the earth, but from what we know so far, it seems like the bomber could be related to Virgin's space planes, which 'piggyback' on a convey plane until blasting off into orbit.
The Russian craft strength also be able to launch by itself. But that would need an engine that can work in two ways: first burning fluid propellant to launch, and then life form able to 'breathe' oxygen as fuel in order to reach supersonic speed, similar to a SABRE engine.
An engine that can do both these things, known as a combined-cycle engine, is something the US government has been working on for decades, but at the end of last year, a Russian official claimed the Kremlin had managed to do it.
"We have accomplished the task of developing a powerplant for a plane that allows it to alternate between the air-breathing regime during a flight in the atmosphere and rocket propulsion regime during a flight in space," an anonymous official from the Strategic Missile Forces Academy told reporters in October 2015.
What we do know is that the plane will be big. “I think that its lift-off mass must be 20-25 metric tonnes for it to be a strike aircraft," Solodovnikov told Sputnik. "It will [be able to accelerate to] hypersonic speed in rocket mode."
According to Sputnik, the engine for this nuclear space bomber is expected to be showcased at the Army-2016 International Military Technology Forum near Moscow in September, so hopefully we'll find out more then.

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