MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Yesterday, in a video posted by Roscosmos’ TV studio, the chairman of Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos Scientific and Technical Council Yuri Koptev said that the pop-up tests held last year of the Sarmat ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) proved the correctness of all the basic technical solutions of the developer, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Commenting further on the trials of the Sarmat ICBM, Koptev noted that a very serious stage was held in 2018, which involved pop-up tests during which the efficiency of all the basic technical solutions was confirmed. He emphasized on the Roscosmos enterprises’ contribution to the defence capability of Russia, by saying that currently it was estimated at about 40%.
Previously, it was reported by the head of Russia’s Roscosmos State Space Corporation Dmitry Rogozin to President Vladimir Putin that the the work on the new heavy RS-28 Sarmat ICBM was progressing on schedule.
Earlier, the state-run news agency TASS reported that the Sarmat ICBM’s flight development tests were scheduled to be launched in the second quarter of 2019 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The state media, reporting this information, cites a source in Russia’s defence industry. According to the source’s statement, during the trials from the Plesetsk spaceport and from the testing range of the Uzhur missile division in the Krasnoyarsk Region in East Siberia, several experimental Sarmat models were planned to be launched. The trials are planned to be concluded in 2020, and then a verification test-launch of the serial-produced missile will be conducted.
The Russian advanced silo-based system with the heavy liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat intended to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM , has been under development process since the 2000s. Its weight is near 200 tonnes, with throw weight of about 10 tonnes. In late December 2017, the media reported that the first successful pop-up test of the Sarmat ICBM was conducted.
In October last year, a source, in the Russian defence-industry, quoted by TASS, informed that the Russian RS-28 Sarmat ICBM silo-based intercontinental ballistic missile would observe the set deadlines for entering serial production, which according to him would happen in 2021.
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