Vladimir Putin warns Russia's terrifying 'nuclear triad' is ready to take on the West

Putin’s 30-minute flight in a Tu-160M yesterday sent a reminder to the world of Russia’s nuclear might. And today he doubled-down on that reminder by claiming that 95 percent of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces had been modernised.

His latest comments were made in a statement released to coincide with Russia’s annual Defender of the Fatherland Day, which celebrates the army. While he used the speech to praise Russian soldiers and claim they were fighting for “truth and justice” in Ukraine, Putin devoted much of it to the achievements of the Kremlin’s military-industrial complex.

And he hammered home claims that Russia’s terrifying nuclear triad – strategic land, sea and air capabilities – were all being constantly modernised, reported The Independent.

Putin boasted: “Incorporating our real combat experience, we will continue to strengthen the Armed Forces in every possible way, including ongoing re-equipping and modernisation efforts.

“Today, the share of modern weapons and equipment in the strategic nuclear forces has already reached 95 percent, while the naval component of the ‘nuclear triad’ is at almost 100 percent.”

It comes after he got to see first-hand the abilities of Russia’s new Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber. Clad in a flight suit, Putin praised the new aircraft as “excellent”, noting that it has big improvements compared with the initial version.

Putin was visiting an aircraft-making plant in the Volga River city of Kazan which has built the heavy bombers since the Soviet times. The plant has received state orders to produce a modernised version of the Tu-160 bomber that first flew in the 1980s and was code-named Blackjack by Nato.

source: express.co.uk