Despite the development of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow continues to focus on the development program of the new state-of-the-art Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, which is to undergo a new round of tests, the head of Roscosmos told the state-run TASS news agency.
He wrote on his personal account on the Telegram platform that: “The most powerful global nuclear missile in the world is preparing for new tests and serial production”, while a few days ago he inspected the facilities in eastern Siberia where the test launches of the new of a Russian ICBM, in order to see if everything is ready to start the production process.
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile uses liquid fuel, which gives it higher power and by extension allows for the carriage of more nuclear warheads and systems to bypass enemy air defenses, since it was specifically designed to penetrate any current or future ballistic missile defense system. Defense – BMD). The missile allows Russia to dramatically enhance its deterrent capability against the United States and NATO.
According to some estimates, the missile’s impressive range reaches 18,000 kilometers and weighs about 200 tons, of which 10 tons of payload and 180 tons of fuel. The Sarmat program began its development process, already in the 2000s, to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda intercontinental ballistic missile, which was codenamed “Satan” and as a result the new “Sarmat” missile was named “Satan 2” ».