“Today, the Strategic Missile Force is maintained at the level allowing for reliably solving nuclear containment tasks. A total of 99% of launchers are in a combat-ready state and 96% of them are constantly ready for an immediate launch,” Shoigu said during a Wednesday meeting.
He added that Russia is currently developing a state of the art missile system with the ability to bypass an echeloned anti-missile defense system.
The announcement was made a day after the US military conducted its first-ever intercept test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Following the test, North Korea announced that it is prepared to test-launch an ICBM.
One of the country’s state-run newspapers reported on Wednesday that the North Korean army was waiting for orders from their leader Kim Jong-un to test a real ICBM.
Pyongyang also stressed that no foreign powers could halt its progress towards becoming a nuclear and missile power.