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BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIA TEST LAUNCHES NEW INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE "SARMAT"

BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIA TEST LAUNCHES NEW INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE "SARMAT"

The Russian Federation has launched a "SARMAT" intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in what is thought to be a test.

The RS-28 Sarmat, colloquially known to the West as the "Satan II", is a Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) under development by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau since 2009. It is intended to replace the R-36M ICBM (SS-18 'Satan') in Russia's arsenal.

The Sarmat is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. The RS-28 Sarmat was expected to make its first test flight in 2022, and enter service later this year.

The RS-28 Sarmat is capable of carrying about 10 tons of payload for either up to 10 heavy, or 15 light, MIRV warheads,  as well as an unspecified number of Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles (HGVs) or a combination of warheads.  It also carries several countermeasures against anti-ballistic missile systems. The Russian ministry of Defense said that the missile is Russia's response to the U.S. Prompt Global Strike system.

Sarmat has a short boost phase, which shortens the interval when it can be tracked by satellites with infrared sensors, such as the U.S. Space-Based Infrared System, making it more difficult to intercept. It is speculated that the Sarmat could fly a trajectory over the South Pole, completely immune to any current missile defense system, and that it has the Fractional Orbital Bombardment (FOBS) capability.

According to various sources, RS-28's launch sites are to be equipped with the "Mozyr" active protection system, designed to negate potential adversary's first strike advantage by kinetically destroying incoming bombs, cruise missiles and ICBM warheads at altitudes of up to 6 km.

Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked today "The missile will provide food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia."

UPDATE:

Russia SAYS THE TEST WAS SUCCESSFUL.

"All calculated characteristics are confirmed. Training warheads arrived in a given area in Kamchatka" according to the Ministry of Defense.

The agency recalls that the Sarmat is the most powerful missile in the world with the longest range of targets. It will greatly enhance the military power of the country.

The 7 minute video below lays out all the bad news abut this missile:

 

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