VLADIMIR Putin has doubled down on his threat to bomb the West as his finger hovers over unleashing a deadly arsenal of weapons.
He ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, telling the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail”, Moscow would respond with the might of all its vast arsenal.
Despite using “outdated” tactics on the ground in Ukraine, the despot has weapons never used in combat before.
At his disposal are an estimated 5,977 warheads, of which 1,600 are ready to be deployed, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
In comparison, the UK has just 225.
This frightening arsenal can be launched from land, submarines and planes.
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They include non-strategic “battlefield” nukes which have a smaller destructive power — and radioactive fallout — and are intended to destroy military capabilities rather than civilian populations.
They can be anything from land mines to torpedos and have not been deployed before.
Russia also has the more feared strategic nuclear weapons, which can be launched as warheads on powerful long-range missiles.
They include intercontinental ballistic missiles which would take just 20 minutes to get to Britain — and 30 to the US.
These strategic weapons, with deliberately terrifying names such as Satan, are designed to wipe out entire cities.
Putin’s crony Aleksey Zhuravlyov previously threatened to nuke Britain with its Satan-2 hypersonic missile in 200 sekondes.
Standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block, die 208 ton RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.
Following up on Zhuavlyov’s warning, another of Putin’s allies, Dmitry Rogozin, bragged Satan-2 nuke can demolish “half of the US coast”.
Intussen, Russian state TV also threatened to wipe “boorish Britain” off the map for supporting Ukraine.
Intercontinental ballistic missiles that Russia has are capable of blasting and destroying major cities worldwide, and can reach top speed around ten minutes after being launched.
Putin also has a number of so-called superweapons at his fingertips.
Further beefing up Russia’s stash of superweapons is the SC-X-9 Skyfall, a nuclear-armed cruise missile that has an “unlimited” range.
It can be launched from land or sea and is able to stay aloft for DAYS – making even long-distance attacks lightwork.
Putin claims the nuke, unveiled in 2018, has the ability to evade any air defence systems – meaning no enemy is off limits.
Skyfall is also thought to be more difficult to detect as it is able to fly at low altitudes throughout its journey.
Another terrifying weapon among the crazed Kremlin leader’s hoard is the Yu-74 Avangard missile system, which was honed to perfection over several years.
With the ability to reach speeds of up to 21,000mph, the hypersonic warhead glider is so quick it leaves targets with no time to react.
Combining components from old and new Russian artillery, the evil masterminds have created a weapon that can combat missile defences.
The Avangard’s capacity to navigate and manoeuvre through the atmosphere is what sets it apart from other deadly weapons.
Russia’s Kh-47M2 Dagger is another of Putin’s sub-strategic weapons in his collection of menacing arms.
The hypersonic air-launched nuclear missile is fired from warplanes and boasts a range of around 2,000 km from the point of release,
Both nuclear and conventional warheads can be attached, making it an impressive tool to disrupt multi-domain operations by the enemy.
Moscow previously dubbed the missile the “ideal weapon” en “invulnerable” to air defence systems.
Prior to the warheads’s release, its carrying aircraft accelerates to its maximum possible speed.
Upon its discharge, it fires up its solid-propellant-driven engine and roars through the sky at up to 12 times the speed of sound.
Arguably Vlad’s most frightening superweapon capable of causing catastrophe is the nuclear-armed submarine drone, Poseidon.
Lending its name from the Greek God of the sea for good reason, this unmanned aquatic monster can cause tidal waves and “radioactive tsunamis”.
The nuclear weapon can be dropped onto the seabed by the submarine and travel through shore defences until it reaches the desired location.
It moves through the sea at 125mph using a top secret propulsion system and is said to be lethal against aircraft carriers.
Dan, its nuclear warhead is designed to explode, sending a tsunami of toxic waves spewing onto the targeted coastline.
It comes after a top british general warned Putin is not afraid to use nukes – and could resort to such a strike as soon as next spring.