Photos of nuclear capable missile released Wednesday; Missile an “assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces”
Russia released footage of its newly developed “Satan 2”, a RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental missile, the creation of the missile to provide an “assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces”.
The images of the Sarmat warhead were made public by Russia’s Makeyev Rocket Design Bureay and included the following description “In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government ‘On the State Defense Order for 2010 and the planning period 2012-2013’, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was instructed to start design and development work on the Sarmat. In June 2011, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a state contract for the Sarmat’s development. The prospective strategic missile system is being developed in order to create an assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces.”
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov boasted on the warhead’s capabilities, reportedly stating that “Satan 2” can destroy targets “flying across both North and South Poles”. Russian media outlet Sputnik described the rocket’s capabilities as “capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France.”
The weapon has been developed in coordination between Russia’s military and the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau and will reportedly go into service in 2018. It reportedly has a range of close to 7,000 miles and can travel up to four kilometers per second. It is the successor of the R-36M Voyevoda which has capabilities of carrying 16 nuclear warheads.