Russia Is Building a Nuclear Space Bomber - The Daily Beast
the military space plane could give Russia a potentially history-altering nuclear first-strike capability.
“The idea is that the bomber will take off from a normal home airfield to patrol Russian airspace,” Solodovnikov said, according to Sputnik, a government-owned news site. “Upon command, it will ascend into outer space, strike a target with nuclear warheads and then return to its home base.”
Thanks to its orbital capability, the bomber would be able to nuke any target on Earth no longer than two hours after taking off, Solodovnikov claimed.
(...) In 1967, the United States and Russia and 102 other countries signed the Outer Space Treaty, which bans the explicit militarization of space.