Russia to start tests of new heavy intercontinental missile in 18-24 months — official

Russia’s work on designing and developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is at the third stage and tests will start in 18-24 months, Aide to the Strategic Missile Force Commander Igor Denisov said on Tuesday.

Russia’s work on designing and developing the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is at the third stage and tests will start in 18-24 months, Aide to the Strategic Missile Force Commander Igor Denisov said on Tuesday.

"As of today, the third stage of the design and development work is under way. I believe we’ll reach the stage of tests of this heavy missile in 18-24 months," he said.

The Sarmat heavy ICBM is designed to replace the Voyevoda (NATO reporting name: SS-18 Satan) ICBM operational in the Russian Strategic Missile Force, the aide said.

First published by TASS.

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