The Sarmat ICMB is due to replace R-36M2 Voyevoda (NATO code name SS-18 "Satan").Mil.ru
The first-stage engine for Russia’s Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has passed firing trials, a source in the Russian defense and industrial sector told TASS.
The missile’s pop-up tests may take place in late 2016, the source added.
"The final stage of the firing trials was successful. Technical imperfections have been removed," the source said.
According to the source, work on the technical documentation is currently under way and is planned to be completed in November.
"According to the most optimistic forecasts, the Sarmat ICBM’s pop-up tests will be held in November-December 2016," the source added.
According to the source, even in this case, the development flight tests of the advanced intercontinental ballistic missile may start no sooner than the end of the first quarter of 2017.
According to the source, work on the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is no less than seven months behind the schedule.
TASS does not have any official confirmation of this information.
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is designed to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM. The advanced missile’s payload is expected to equal ten tons, compared to 8.75 tons its predecessor has.
The Sarmat ICBM is planned to be made operational in late 2018.
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