Burevestnik cruise missile - at the factory
The Burevestnik cruise missile under wraps at a Russia factory (Source: Anna Liesowska/ east2west news)

Russia has reportedly built a horrifying new nuclear missile that’s powerful enough to destroy cities, can fly vast distances and is basically unstoppable.

The monstrous killing machine is designed to fly for days and on end and look for weaknesses in the defences of Western nations, before raining death and destruction on its target.

US intelligence agents have said this super-weapon will be put into operation within six years, which should give you enough time to get started on building a doomsday bunker.

Some experts have blamed the missile for a recent explosion and radiation leak at a testing facility in which at least five scientists and technicians died – although the true cause of this mini-disaster is disputed.

The weapon is called Burevestnik and is a cruise missile. These armaments typically fly for up to 1,000 miles, but the Burevestnik is nuclear-powered so can fly for much, much longer distances before unleashing a devastating nuclear warhead.

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‘Russia is committed to a massive investment in new systems like this to defeat U.S. missile defences,’ Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear weapons expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told CNBC. 

Burevestnik cruise missile launch
A test launch of the Burevestnik cruise missile launch (Source: Anna Liesowska /east2west news)

‘We are stumbling toward an arms race.

He added: ‘The U.S. and Russian militaries are spending billions on new nuclear weapons targeted at each other.’

Last month Russia revealed the devastating destructive power of a different cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The Black Sea Fleet’s Vyshny Volochek, a guided missile corvette ship, carried out a test of the new ‘high precision’ Kalibr missile.

A sabre-rattling video of the test shows a Kalibr missile blasting into the air and then blowing a target resembling a ship to smithereens.

The footage suggests Kalibr is designed to be used during conflicts with other navies.

However, if it was armed with nuclear warheads it could easily wipe out a few cities from a great distance.

Kalibr has a range of about 1,200 miles.

VIDEO SHOWS: TEST LAUNCH OF RUSSIAN 'KALIBR' MISSILE AT SEA RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT. SHOWS: AT SEA (RELEASED AUGUST 30, 2019) (RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY HANDOUT - ACCESS ALL) VARIOUS OF KALIBR MISSILE BEING LAUNCHED FROM BOARD OF SMALL-SIZE MISSILE SHIP 'VYSHNIY VOLOCHOK' (MUTE) KALIBR MISSILE BEING LAUNCHED FROM BOARD OF MISSILE SHIP 'VYSHNIY VOLOCHOK' KALIBR MISSILE BEING LAUNCHED FROM BOARD OF MISSILE SHIP 'VYSHNIY VOLOCHOK' (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE SHOWING MISSILE BEING LAUNCHED The Kalibr missile in action (Provider: Reuters)[/caption

In a statement, the Russia defence ministry said: ‘In accordance with planned naval drills of the Black Sea Fleet, the Vyshny Volochek guided missile corvette has for the first time fired high precision Kalibr missiles at a target in the Black Sea.

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‘Unmanned aerial vehicles registered successfully striking the target – a large shield imitating an ‘enemy’ ship at a distance of around 40 nautical miles.’

The Russian Defence Ministry recently published a video of its new 6-tonne drone taking to the skies for its maiden flight.

Boasting that the Altius-U drone can stay up in the air ‘for up to 24 hours’, Russia says the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will undertake a wide variety of reconnaissance missions.

For the maiden flight, the drone flew for a total of 30 minutes at an altitude of 800 metres and landed safely afterwards.

The Defense Ministry posted the video of the reconnaissance drone’s debut flight in its YouTube page. The video shows the drone speeding up along the runway of a military aerodrome and making its flight.

The video also shows the drone performing manoeuvres in the air with the non-retracted landing gear and making a landing.

‘The system is capable of accomplishing a whole range of reconnaissance assignments, employing optical, radio-technical and radar equipment and staying in the air for over 24 hours. The drone weighs about 6 tonnes,’ the ministry said in a statement.

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Earlier this month, news emerged that the Russian government is working on a new stealth bomber as well.

The plane is called the PAK DA and will be tested in the coming years before being rolled out as soon as 2025, the Russian news agency TASS announced.

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