Russian President Vladimir Putin said, on Wednesday, that the new generation of Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads,will soon be deployed, ready to carry out combat missions.
The Russian missile, which Western experts and analysts describe as the most powerful in the world, and nicknamed, according to media reports, Satan 2, is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defense, and aims to replace old ballistic missiles dating back to the Soviet era.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced, during the celebration of the graduation of a new batch of graduates of military colleges, the entry into service of the “Sarmat” or “RS-28” heavy missiles, which is an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear charges.
Sarmat is one of the 6 strategic weapons of deterrence announced by the Russian president at the beginning of 2018, and it is said that the “RS-28” missile is capable of carrying a nuclear payload large enough to wipe out an area the size of US State of Texas.
It can nullify the capabilities of advanced anti-missile defense systems, and it’s 35.3 meters long, 3 meters wide, weighs 208 tons, and has 3 propulsion stages.
The missile can carry 10 nuclear warheads, with a range of 11 to 18 thousand kilometers.
Its explosive capacity reaches 40 megatons, and it has a maximum speed of more than Mach 20 (20 times the speed of sound).
It’s characterized as a heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, of the fifth generation, and is classified as the most powerful and longest-range in the world.
The nuclear warheads he carries reach their targets in ways that make them difficult to destroy by missile defense, and he is able to fly across the North and South Poles.
Sarmat has various nicknames, the most famous of which is the Doomsday missile, which Putin once described as the “King of Missiles” and NATO calls it “Satan 2” The Ugorsky missile unit in the Krasnoyarsk Territory is preparing to arm the main missile regiment with the new missile system.
Moreover, with the entry of 50 copies of the Sarmat missiles into service with the Russian armed forces as the most threatening missile in the world.
The missile’s ability to carry about 10 nuclear warheads, nuclear dominance has become in the hands of Russia, and according to the Federation of American Scientists, Russia has a total stockpile of nuclear warheads of 5977, which is the largest in the world.
The United States has 5428 nuclear warheads, while France has 290 nuclear warheads, while the United Kingdom has only 225, and now about 90% of all nuclear warheads owned by Russia and the United States.