Russia will test the ICBM RS-28 Sarmat despite the coronavirus

MOSCOW, (BM) – Preparations for flight tests of the new Russian heavy intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat were not interrupted due to the pandemic of the coronavirus infection COVID-19, learned citing Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov interview on May 21.

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“The work is being carried out as planned. The enterprises involved in the creation of the complex did not stop production processes. The necessary sanitary and epidemiological measures were taken there, including testing of employees,” Yuri Borisov said, answering the corresponding question.

According to him, the flight tests of the rocket will be carried out within the time period determined by the general designer and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Earlier, in December 2019, it became known that the tests of the Sarmat ICBMs were planned to be completed in 2021. Later, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko specified that serial deliveries of the Sarmat RS-28 missiles would begin in 2021.

Developed by V.P. Makeeva (Miass city) the heavy ICBM silo-based RS-28 Sarmat was originally planned to be adopted by the end of 2018.

The throw tests of the new ICBMs have been postponed several times. In 2016, they were forced to be moved to the end of the year, but then these terms had to be reviewed. In March 2017, the tests were again rescheduled. As a result, missile throw tests were held in December 2017 and in March 2018.

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In December 2019, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel General Sergei Karakaev, announced that Sarmat would receive a wide range of promising warheads, including new-generation hypersonic ones.

According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko, the new missile will allow striking at targets at ranges up to 18,000 km. The starting weight of Sarmat is 208.1 tons, the payload mass is about 10 tons.

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