US deploys more missiles than Russia

October 26th, 2011 - 10:56 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Oct 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US has deployed some 300 more missiles than Russia, according to data published by the Department of State.

According to the facts-sheet of the New START Treaty Aggregate Numbers of Strategic Offensive Arms, posted on the State Department website, the US has 822 deployed inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), and heavy bombers, while Russia has 516.

Russia is also at a disadvantage in the number of warheads on deployed carriers - 1,566 warheads against 1,790 US warheads.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which entered into force Feb 5, 2011, commits the US and Russia to reduce and limit the number of deployed and non-deployed strategic offensive arms to the agreed aggregate numbers.

Beginning April 6, 2011, inspections under the New START Treaty are regularly conducted in Russia and the US with consistent data exchange carried out every six months.

Till date, the US has conducted 12 inspections while Russia has conducted 11. These inspections have taken place at ICBM, SLBM, and heavy bomber bases, storage facilities, conversion or elimination facilities, and test ranges.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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