Putin announced an imminent mass production of the Sarmat ICBM

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The commencement of serial production for Russia’s latest super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat, is imminent. This noteworthy development in military technology was revealed by none other than Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation. 

The Russian President stated, “We are through with work on the Sarmat super-heavy missile. Question is that we just need to finalize procedures in a purely administrative & bureaucratic way and proceed with their mass production and put them on combat duty. We will do this in the near future.” 

Putin further highlighted that Russia is nearly done with the development of modern forms of strategic weaponry discussed in previous years. Moreover, he reported that the last successful trial of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile has been executed.

Contradictory statements

The statements of the Russian president are somewhat contradictory to the statements of Yuri Borisov – head of the Roscosmos agency. At the beginning of September, Borisov said that the Sarmat missiles were placed on combat duty. No further details were released. “The Sarmat strategic system has entered combat readiness,” state news agency TASS quoted the head of Roscosmos as saying.

“Based on expert assessments, the RS-28 Sarmat is capable of delivering a MIRVed warhead weighing up to 10 tons to any point in the world, both over the North and South Poles,” the TASS report said.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on September 29 that he was unable to confirm reports that Russia had put the Sarmat on alert. Putin said in February that the Sarmat – one of several advanced weapons in Russia’s arsenal – would soon be ready for deployment.

About RS-28 Sarmat

The Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau has been responsible for the production of the RS-28 Sarmat since 2009, a liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM. Popularly referred to as the ‘Satan II’ by various media sources, its primary objective is to supersede the R-36M ICBM, colloquially known as the ‘SS-18 Satan’, in Russia’s military arsenal. 

Photo credit: Russian MoD

On the first day of March 2018, the Sarmat was officially introduced as one of the six innovative strategic weapons by Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Moving forward, on 20 April 2022, the RS-28 Sarmat made its debut in the skies with its first test flight.

A meaningful milestone was achieved on 16 August 2022, when the state contract for the production and delivery of the Sarmat strategic missile system was endorsed. The month of September 2023 marked the Sarmat’s official entry into combat service, making it the world’s most extended-range ICBM system currently in use.

Sarmat’s technical characteristics

The Sarmat is a heavy-class missile capable of carrying multiple warheads and has a range of up to 18,000 kilometers. It is one of the most powerful ICBMs in the world and is intended to ensure Russia’s nuclear deterrence capabilities for decades to come.

Photo credit; Pan.bg

In terms of technical characteristics, the RS-28 Sarmat is a liquid-fueled missile that stands approximately 35 meters tall and has a diameter of around 3 meters. It weighs around 200 tons and is capable of carrying a payload of up to 10 tons.

The missile is propelled by a powerful liquid rocket engine, which allows it to reach speeds of over Mach 20. It is also equipped with advanced guidance systems that enable it to navigate accurately towards its target.

Sarmat’s warhead

The warhead of the RS-28 Sarmat can vary depending on the mission requirements. It is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. The missile can carry up to 10 independently targetable reentry vehicles [MIRVs], each capable of striking a different target. This makes the Sarmat a highly effective weapon for delivering multiple warheads to different locations simultaneously, increasing its destructive potential.

In terms of destruction possibilities, the RS-28 Sarmat is designed to be a highly destructive weapon. With its multiple independently targetable warheads, it can simultaneously engage multiple targets, increasing the chances of successfully neutralizing enemy defenses.

The missile’s high speed and advanced guidance systems also make it difficult to intercept, further enhancing its destructive potential. Additionally, the Sarmat’s large payload capacity allows for the deployment of more powerful warheads, increasing the overall destructive power of the missile.

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