Posted: November 13, 2007

Russia to design nanotechnology weapons

(Nanowerk News) Principally new weapons based on nanotechnology will be designed in Russia within 15 years for combating radiation, chemical and biological terrorism, the chief of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defence Troops, Colonel-General Vladimir Fillipov, told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.
“In the conditions of the increasing threat of radiation, chemical and biological terrorism, specialists of the troops take an active part in the development of systems and complexes for ensuring safety of facilities of state importance,” he said.
“The result of interaction of the troops with research organisations of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the industry has been the creation of a scientific-technological basis that allows looking with cautious optimism at the development of arms and means of radiation, chemical and biologic defence within 15 years,” Filippov said.
He said he pinned hopes on the Programme of Coordination of Work in the Field of Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials that “will allow developing advanced arms and means of radiation, chemical and biological defence at a new qualitative level”.
Filippov said the development of a protection system for flight personnel was nearing completion in Russia.
Series production of new means for protection of personnel of the Russia Strategic Missile Troops has been begun, Filippov said.
He said new protection means based on the newest technology, “namely unique remote reconnaissance complexes, automated systems for the collection and processing of data about the radiation, chemical and biological situation integrated in an automated system of control of the troops will join the armed forces in a nearest prospect”.
The designed and modernised arms and means “have been checked in real conditions at special exercises to liquidate emergencies at facilities of radiation, chemical and biological defence, and got a high appraisal of other security ministries and departments,” Filippov said.
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