Khors SR-744 Tactical Ballistic Missile
The Khors SR-744 is a tactical quasi-ballistic missile designed and produced by WURCo., a Cossack arms manufacturer. The Khors is meant to provide conventional and nuclear fire support to the Cossack Army and Cossack Strategic Arms Division. The missile in its conventional form can strike enemy hardpoints as well as mobile high-value targets; with its nuclear warhead, it can serve as a vital short-range nuclear delivery system.
The SR-744 can be mounted on mobile launch platforms or even ship-launched from a standard intermodal container. Traveling at hypersonic speeds and fitted for terminal evasive maneuvers and decoys, the SR-744 is difficult to intercept, allowing it to penetrate air defenses.
The utility of the obsolete TSP SCUD was effectively nil at the end of the twentieth century since any attempts to modernize the missiles were bogged down. Still, it persisted in the inventories of the Cossack Military while a replacement program struggled against technological and budgetary restraints.
The TSP SCUD was a unique missile in its prime-- it was meant not only to engage hardened targets and distribute nuclear payloads but engage ships, a capability that was put to use in the South Seas War at attacking large sea targets near Cossack territory. However, its usefulness was debatable because its wide circular error probability caused many to miss and cause no damage whatsoever.
Because of this, alongside the increase of advanced anti-ship missiles to match, the anti-ship requirement for the replacement of the TSP was dropped. However, greater emphasis was put on its difficulty of interception and flexibility.
The Short Ballistic Missile Project was unveiled to the FRCP after the war, which would later be designated the Khors SR-744. Minor production and testing would begin shortly thereafter.
The SR-744, although lesser in range, is greatly superior in capabilities than the TSP. Using a single-stage solid-fuel rocket motor, the Khors can be ready to fire without fueling like a liquid-fuel rocket. Its launchers include the Makovsky IV-861, an 8x8 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) based upon the IV-848 tracked transport, the specially modified WC-330a intermodal container which acts as an erector-launcher for the missile, and the Makovsky BTZ-332 Heavy Tactical Truck with multiple launch canisters. A typical SR-744 battery involves one launch vehicle, one transporter/loader, and one command vehicle. This, of course, is foregone in the shipping-container version, where it will instead be launched from a vessel or semi-fixed position.
The SR-744 is targeted using satellite imagery, or otherwise conventional intelligence, artillery spotting, or onboard maps of the area. The missile itself is quasi-ballistic, which means it follows not quite an entirely ballistic flight path and is capable of performing high-g maneuvers across its flight path. Specifically, the missile can sustain up to 24 g maneuvers through thrust-vectoring and utilization of its aerodynamic control surfaces. As for its flight path, the Khors never leaves the atmosphere; it flies at its burnout velocity of Mach 7.6 at altitudes no higher than 60 kilometers over ranges up to 330 kilometers. In its terminal phase, it can perform maneuvers and deploy several decoys to evade air defenses; decoys include chaff and Kurnis signature decoys, the latter of which imitate the radar signature of the incoming missile.
The ballistic missile is controlled all the way through its flight path via a data link with the launch platform and is capable of changing targets mid-flight. It uses electro-optical and satellite positioning to guide itself to its targets and can strike targets with a high degree of accuracy of approximately 9 meters.
The Khors is intended to defeat hardened targets like aircraft shelters or command posts and concentrations of soft targets alike; it does so by using a variety of warheads. For example, the warhead that primarily sees deployment is the High-Explosive Fragmentation warhead, which is a 600-kilogram warhead capable of defeating most targets. However, there is also an earth-penetrating warhead to defeat bunkers under several meters of earth or reinforced concrete; for softer targets, a thermobaric warhead exists that has a lethal radius of ~200 meters. Apart from the HE-Fragmentation warhead, the other primary warhead is a 120 kiloton thermonuclear warhead, equipped on SR-744 units serving under the Strategic Arms Division. Non-standard warheads include EMP warheads for anti-radar and electronic missions, a neutron bomb warhead that has not yet passed initial testing, and a specialized "Kupalo" PAS-903 cluster munition.
The "Kupalo" PAS-903 warhead has 18 guided submunitions meant to defeat the top armor of armored vehicles. Each individual bomblet is released approximately 10 kilometers in the air, where it will use infrared seekers and laser rangefinding to discern vehicles from the environment and guide its 40-kilogram HEAT warhead to engage. The onboard system is somewhat capable of discerning high-value targets (i.e. tanks, armored vehicles) from low-value targets (softer automobiles, small buildings, schoolbuses).
The Makovsky IV-861 8x8 can carry two missiles at a time and has more integrated systems than the Makovsky BTZ-332 truck-mounted system. Specifically, the softer BTZ-332 system, though equipped with nearly six launch canisters, requires an additional trailer for communication with the missile while in flight. In addition, the IV-861 can be fully ready to fire from an unprepared state in a listed value of 1 minute 30 seconds; meanwhile, the Makovsky BTZ-332 version, with more components, is listed only as 3 minutes. The WC-330a intermodal container launch times vary.
"Chernobog" SZ-1551 Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
The "Chernobog" SZ-1551 is a three-stage, solid-fuel, intercontinental ballistic missile that is part of the nuclear arsenal of the FRCP, made by state facilities and design bureaus, instead of the typical WURCo. commission. The "Chernobog" derives its name from the Slavic god of bad luck, and makes up a portion of the FRCP's nuclear first-strike and retaliatory capabilities alongside air-launched systems, SLBMs, and shorter-range ballistic missiles.
The SZ-1551 has an extremely high throw weight, making it well equipped to carry numerous warheads-- the base SZ-1551A can carry upwards of 45 warheads or decoys upon its MIRV bus. In addition, the SZ-1551 also acts as a capable space launch vehicle for the FRCPAC.
The SZ-1551, besides its non-nuclear-oriented cousin appropriated by the Aerospace Command, has two primary models; the SZ-1551A and SZ-1551B. The former is focused on carrying MIRV'd warheads ranging from 300-500 kilotons each along a ballistic trajectory, while the latter is a fractional orbital bombardment system which hoists its payload into Low Earth Orbit, giving it unlimited range, and deploying its reduced payload.
Cossacks were latecomers to the nuclear game that was being played all across the globe-- though they had operated ballistic missiles before, it was not until the first nuclear detonation occurred on the foothills of the Zaporozhian Cordillera in 1971 that the Commonwealth, and later the Federal Republic, became a nuclear power.
While the Commonwealth kept their nuclear arsenal on the small scale, only applying Teller-Ulam designs on short- or theater-range ballistic missiles, the successor state of the Federal Republic immediately set to work designing a rocket capable of delivering a thermonuclear warhead on a global scale in 1989. This culminated in the earliest version of the "Solomin" SZ-1202, a triple-stage and solid-fueled ICBM. The original version was equipped with a single 1 megaton warhead; however, later versions, specifically those upgraded in 2001, were capable of up to 5 MIRV warheads. The range was also satisfactory-- it could deploy its 1,200 kilograms of payload nearly 11,000 kilometers with reasonable accuracy, covering all the state actors the FRCP deemed as threats.
However, by the twenty-first century, the already old parts had effectively become relics and much of the foreign-made parts were in production so the continuation of the "Solomin" program became untenable. However, the FRCP did not enlist the help of the up-and-coming WURCo., instead opting to create its own parts under state-owned facilities (although these sites had been requisitioned from WURCo.)-- many draw this decision as misplaced distrust by the Sokolov Administration of the rapidly-expanding company.
In 2006, in the Bezukhov Administration announced the first test launches of the new SZ-1551 system, which reached targets on the peninsula in the Andrushchenko Coastal Plain from a site southwest of Maksima. The SZ-1551 would be pressed into service soon after.
In 2019, considerations were made into a modification of the MIRV-focused SZ-1551A into a fractional orbital bombardment system, which would theoretically provide an undeniable first-strike advantage against new foreign threats like Leonism, Loftegen, and New Vedan. Plans were drawn up for the SZ-1551B, which was tested and entered service shortly after the conclusion of the Second Cossack Civil War.
The "Chernobog" SZ-1551A has a throw weight of 8.7 metric tons, which can be carried by the Satana, Lyutsyfer, and Kardynal solid-fuel rocket stages over distances of 13,500 kilometers, a significant improvement from the "Solomin". The SZ-1551A has a length of 29 meters and a diameter of 2.75 meters. The burnout velocity of the "Chernobog" SZ-1551A is approximately Mach 24, after reaching an apogee of 900 kilometers.
The SZ-1551A can carry a total of 45 300-kiloton or 38 500-kiloton multiple independent reentry vehicles upon its Kardynal terminal stage and MIRV bus. The SZ-1551A has a relatively short boost phase, which helps to prevent infrared-based satellite early-warning systems from tracking their progress. As its stages are shed, the course is slightly changed as to complicate the true target of the ICBM. At the apogee, or when the Lyutsyfer second stage is shed, the second stage is deliberately detonated as to spread its fragments over a large area-- this confuses early-warning or ballistic missile tracking radars by producing an unusually large target. The Kardynal also has the ability to deploy chaff along its descent to obscure oncoming warheads. This is even further muddled by the ability of the "Chernobog" to carry Pustoshchi FU-1000 decoys in place of warheads, which decrease the chance of ballistic missile defenses striking an actual warhead, giving the not-impostor warheads a chance to slip by while the defenses are overwhelmed. The SZ-1551A has a CEP of 120 meters.
The SZ-1551A is able to be silo and rail-launched and does not suffer the size and time requirements of liquid-fuel rockets allowing for its quick deployment. The launch time is further reduced by cold-launching the missiles. Due to the extensive rail network and comparative lacking of roads capable of supporting a heavy ICBM TEL, special train cars designated Bereza YA32 were put into service, attaching themselves to normal commercial or military trains for dispersal. The silos, on the other hand, are distributed in clusters ranging from Sladkoye to Korf; each cluster has several overlapping command bunkers, and bunker and silo alike are capable of sustaining forces of 7,300 psi.
The SZ-1551B is exclusively silo-launched. This modification differs from the above, the SZ-1551A, because the SZ-1551B has an entirely different nuclear delivery system; the main payload is a nuclear-equipped orbiter. In contrast to the MIRV'd system of the SZ-1551A, the SZ-1551B has practically unlimited range, a far lower maximum altitude of 150 kilometers (as opposed to the 900 km apogee of the 'A' version), and can reach targets on average several minutes quicker. However, it sacrifices payload with fuel resources being spent on achieving orbit and accuracy with its unpredictable flight pattern. The Butsefaliya FOBS can carry 10 x 150 kiloton (or decoy) warheads and employs similar countermeasures (self-destructing second stage, chaff) to the MIRV'd version. To engage, the Butsefaliya fires its retrorocket to descend with its payload on its target. Because they do not follow a calculated and somewhat predictable ballistic path, the warheads are more susceptible to inaccuracies, ranging from kilometers off-target to 900 meters.
"Belobog" ZSZ-2051 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile
The "Belobog" ZSZ-2051 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile developed for the Cossack Navy by state-owned facilities and design bureaus. One of two sea-based nuclear systems used by the FRCP (the other being the PREC-506 at a meager 6 kt warhead), it forms an invaluable role in strategic deterrence with its nuclear payload and significant range. The development of the SZ-2051 was greatly accelerated to match the deployment of the Yakov-Class ballistic missile submarine, its only currently available launch platform. The "Belobog" is named after the counterpart and polar opposite of Chernobog-- while the latter is the god of bad luck and general darkness, Belobog is the god of good fortune and light.
The "Belobog" was designed by the Federal Energy and Mechanical Bureau, a state-owned design and production department meant to replace WURCo. in the production and handling of nuclear weapons. The Bureau was also formed to produce the "Chernobog" SZ-1551 ICBM and nuclear warheads for smaller weapon systems, like the SR-744 and PTZR-828 ALCM.
The nuclear armament of the early FRCP was limited to tactical and theater-ranged surface-to-surface missiles; but as part of the many reforms on the Cossack Armed Forces, the Department of War made clear the necessity of adopting multiple platforms for nuclear deployment and the vulnerability of merely surface-based ICBMs against a counterforce strike, which could annihilate any chance of a retaliatory strike and thus lower their deterrence value.
However, the reforms that spanned all branches of service in the military were heavily lopsided-- they almost always favored the land forces and to a lesser degree the air force-- the Navy struggled to maintain a fleet of patrol ships at sea while the blue-water navy sat in a repair purgatory. An appeal made by Vice Admiral Vitalij Antonyuk to the Solokov Administration in 1998 signified a change for the better; the Cossack Navy received billions more in budget and was finally able to engage in meaningful research rather than sheer maintenance.
This brought about the early deployment of the Yakov-Class ballistic missile submarine. Originally, because of the delays in the accompanying ballistic missile, the Yakov was meant to carry plenty of torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles to strike key naval targets it was expected to face in the onset of the Cossack Strait Crisis. This loadout was later modified to accommodate the inclusion of the new ZSZ-2051 SLBM, making the Yakov something of a high-cost universal submarine platform-- this was recently reversed and the Yakov refitted to serve as a nuclear deterrence platform, first and foremost.
The ZSZ-2051 has some similarities with the much larger "Chernobog" ICBM, particularly with both rocket motors used being scaled versions of one another and the guidance systems being nearly identical. However, the "Belobog" is restricted in size to adhere to the silos fo the Yakov and has reduced range and payload. However, its advantage over the silo-based and even rail-based "Chernobog" is its unparalleled mobility-- through the Yakov-Class the "Belobog" ZSZ-2051 has the capability to stealthily reach any point on the globe from various angles, potentially undermining anti-ballistic missile defenses and radars.
The ZSZ-2051 itself is a three-stage, solid-fuelled missile that uses thrust vectoring to quickly maneuver after breaking the surface of the water and helps it to achieve a lower flight altitude of 300 kilometers. As well as that, the ZSZ-2051's ability to be launched from inclined positions helps it to be fired on the move.
The missile has a throw weight of approximately 1,470 kilograms for its total weight of 37.51 tons (37,510 kilograms), allowing the "Belobog" to carry up to ten low-yield thermonuclear warheads; however, to accommodate penetration aids the number is usually lower. The independently targetable (MIRV) 100-kiloton warheads are accompanied by penetration aids, such as chaff dispensers and decoy warheads. The "Belobog" ZSZ-2051 has a given range of around 10,000 kilometers, compared to the SZ-1551's 13,500 kilometers.
"Paryruy tse!" MO-1038 / WURCo. Asset 724
The "Paryruy tse!" MO-1038 ("Parry This!") is a classified project of the Cossack conglomerate WURCo. Little is known of it by the international community other than it is meant to be a ground- or sea-launched weapon to fulfill a complementary role to other strategic weapons, though not armed with nuclear warheads itself.
Asset 724 was born out of several unusual weapon programs with the express purpose to win the South Seas War. The ongoing program was halted at its conclusion but was later picked back up independently by WURCo. and completed in secrecy before being marketed towards the belligerents in the Second Cossack Civil War.
The Department of War, as well as air force and naval higher officers, had become frustrated with the ineffectiveness of missiles against Leonist point defense capabilities. The counters to it then were costly-- either increase the speed of the individual missiles to hypersonic speeds (leading to the development of the Molot Bozhyy) or spend unacceptable amounts of munition to overwhelm point defense.
However, WURCo., had the foresight to identify a solution that would solve both the short-term tactical deficiencies of their military against Leonism as well as the later need to disable ballistic missile defenses in perhaps a first-strike situation. To do this, designers at the New Krasnoyarsk Institute of Technology theorized placing a directed energy weapon similar in concept to Imperial laser technology onto a durable/long-range platform. This weapon would not need to be armed with nuclear charges or warheads, instead relying on non-nuclear electromagnetic pulses to disable the electronics of targets, such as important communication stations, warship sensors and point defenses, and anti-ballistic missile radars/laser systems.
Initial problems were primarily the so-called 'durable' platform in which the system was to be placed; since a low-altitude flight was preferred, there were very few similar missile platforms that could be upsized to carry the weight of the anti-electronics package. Another problem was managing the anti-electronics system-- the autonomous system that was supposed to control it ran into too many code errors to be rolled out on schedule; and the EMP was unwieldy, sometimes knocking out its own electronics. To offset the first problem, designers made inroads into nuclear propulsion, developing a nuclear-powered turbofan engine for use by the weapon.
Come the Second Cossack Civil War, the development was abruptly halted before starting again, eventually finalizing the thorium-based nuclear turbofan, as well as incorporating stealth features as well as resistance against Leonism laser technology.
Asset 724's airframe is based upon a skeleton of the PREC-547 hypersonic missile; however, the change in propulsion and payload greatly contrasts with the hypersonic anti-ship missile. The nuclear-powered turbofan, for example, is only capable of reaching speeds just over Mach 1. Asset 724 also has low-observable features as well as built-in resistances towards directed-energy weaponry.
The intent of Asset 724 is to travel over long distances, evading air defenses, and disable the electronics of enemy infrastructure and defenses like command points, early-warning radars, and anti-ballistic missile systems. To do this, its nuclear propulsion gives it nearly infinite range (rated for five full loops around the globe), and its Pozhezha AYP-7959 gives it multiple 'shots' to disable electronics over a sizable range.
Asset 724 also represents a pronounced jump in the development of artificial intelligence, with its fully autonomous decision-making system capable of making mission decisions and target selections at will-- though this can be overridden via a datalink with a command data link (such as that from a command aircraft/warship); as well as materials science, with the skin of the weapon being resistant to the effects of laser-based weaponry, and the reactor shield being as effective and durable as larger, traditional reactor shields while being at a significantly reduced weight.
The main weapons system of the MO-1038, the Pozhezha AYP-7959, is a directed energy weapon housed towards the nose of the missile that uses a non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse to disable electronics at ranges up to the horizon. In order to do this, the powerplant of the missile charges a low-inductance capacitor bank which is then charged into a single-loop antenna before being released, resulting in an electromagnetic pulse. The pulse is targeted electronically via steering mirrors and the onboard targeting system. The Pozhezha is stated to be capable of up to 1000 shots per sortie due to the power afforded by the nuclear reactor. The output of the EMP is stated to be greater than 150 kW-- capable of knocking out most electronics in focused bursts yet still not as wide-reaching as an actual nuclear electromagnetic pulse.
The Strazhdannya KER-115 is a nuclear-powered turbofan design utilized by the MO-1038 as its main power source and propulsion. Through a top-mounted inlet ramp the intake is heated via the Lake Ostap Weapons Facility Model D147 thorium reactor, which simultaneously cools its reaction using the intake and heats that intake for use. The heated intake travels through a plenum to a turbine, which utilizes its energy to propel the munition before exiting as exhaust. This way, the missile is powered by the reaction of the D147, not fuel. The shielding of the KER-115 prevents most harmful radiation from entering the exhuast, as well as the emissions from the reaction itself from passing through the missile. The actual engine specifications are mechanically similar to the VAU-249 of the PkV-17 but are considerably reduced with no afterburning capability, no fuel intake, and reduced maneuverability. However, the MO-1038 maintains the thrust-vectoring nozzles, affording the weapons system the ability to maneuver easily. The KER-115 allows for a sustainable cruise speed of 987.8 kilometers per hour, though under the autonomous flight system's directive it can push beyond the speed of sound for evasive maneuvers.