MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today, the Russian daily business newspaper Kommersant published an interview with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defence Timur Ivanov, who revealed that the infrastructure for deploying the most advanced RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile, has been fully prepared, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The business daily cited the statement of the Deputy Defence Minister that during the past few years, the Russian MoD has built modern infrastructure for the Yars intercontinental missile complexes deployment and the building of this for the Sarmat ICBMs, is already completed. According to him, the most complex facilities are already operational as well as the radar stations that are already put on combat duty.
Along with it, Russia has also created 11 hydro-technical structures and 23 coastal facilities for its Navy, as well as reconstructed 19 airfields for the Aerospace Force. Timur Ivanov defined the results as “substantial” and noted that the pace of building the infrastructure will be sped up.
Another interview, this time with the Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) Colonel General Sergey Karakayev, published in Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, states that the flight tests of the complex will start in the nearest future, given the fact that the necessary infrastructure is already constructed at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north Russia. He also confirmed the information that the rearmament of the RSMF with the advanced silo-based missile complex will begin in 2021, with the Uzhur-based strategic missile force division that currently operates the Sarmat ICBM’s predecessor – the Voyevoda missile complex.
This year, the Sarmat ICBM successfully has completed the pop-up tests. Its serial production is expected to start from 2020 and in 2021, when and the first regiment armed with this missile is expected to assume combat duty. In late December 2017, the Russian media reported about conducting of the first successful pop-up test of the Sarmat ICBM.
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Sources: TASS, Kommersant