Rogozin's proposal to strike Ukraine with space missile: Defence Express expert weighs in with opinion
Oleh Katkov, a military expert and editor-in-chief of Defence Express, believes that it is technically possible to put a FAB-9000 bomb into the Soyuz space launch vehicle, but it will not reach its destination
He shared his opinions with Espreso TV.
"Technically, it is possible to put and launch the FAB-9000 bomb, which the Russians discussed, into the Soyuz space launch vehicle, with a launch weight of 306 tons and a height of 51 meters. But it will end up with the FAB-9000 bomb simply falling apart during reentry at a speed of about 6 km/s, and it is unlikely to reach the ground," Katkov explained.
According to the military expert, the Russians also do not take into account the issue of missile guidance accuracy.
"When employing a standard FAB-9000 bomb, the expected accuracy in terms of fragment dispersion is approximately within a range of several tens of kilometers. Because the accuracy is provided by special ammunition. When we talk about a nuclear munition, which usually weighs 150-350 kg, it has a falling accuracy of about 150 meters after a long orbital flight," Katkov added.
Former Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, Director General Dmitry Rogozin proposed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to launch a space rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome toward Ukraine.
It's important to highlight that this kind of rhetoric is a recurring feature of the Russian Federation's ruling elite.
For instance, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, frequently engages in nuclear blackmail. In February, he issued threats of an apocalypse and the annihilation of civilization, and in April, he claimed that the world was teetering on the edge of nuclear war. Medvedev has also made threats of missile attacks on various targets, including the International Criminal Court building, the Bundestag, and the assassination of the presidents of Ukraine and Poland.