Can Russian Missiles Reach The United States When Fired?

A view of an RGM-84 surface-to-surface Harpoon missile, immediately after leaving a canister launcher aboard the cruiser USS LEAHY (CG-16), near the Pacific Missile Test Center, Calif.
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Russian submarine-based missiles could strike the United States 10 or 15 minutes after they are launched, while land-based missiles might do it in as little as 30 minutes, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The missiles of both the United States and Russia are on high alert, ready to be launched in a matter of minutes if necessary.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, during the Cold War, military strategists in both the Soviet Union and the United States anticipated first-strike strikes with up to thousands of missiles that could be deployed to kill bombers and land-based missiles on enemy territory.

Currently, the United States and Russia have agreements in place that serve to strengthen American defenses against Russian nuclear weapons. The following nuclear stockpile restrictions have been agreed to by both nations, by the Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms deal between the United States and Russia, often known as the New START Treaty.…..See More

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