Intercontinental ballistic missile RS-18 "Stilet" at Baikonur cosmodrome before a test launch.Sergei Kazak / TASS
Meet the new ‘Satan’
A couple of words about the new weapon – it has a total weight of 100
The warheads will be arranged into a “grapevine,” and upon reentry into the
All these innovations make the Sarmat the largest and heaviest missile in the world, and one of the most devastating, serving as an effective nuclear deterrent that will help foster peace and stability.
Besides that, the missile can destroy targets at a distance of up to 17,000 kilometers (10,200 miles) and will be able to hit targets on the other side of the planet by flying over the South Pole.
“A potential adversary won’t expect a blow from Russia by way of the South Pole. So we will force him to spend considerable amounts of money to build a new line of defense, which will still be ineffective. This allows Russia to feel more free in its foreign policy,” said Vladimir Evseev, CEO at the Center
“This ICBM spent the last 30 years preventing possible conflicts and giving us peaceful skies,” the expert continued. “It’s time for this rocket to retire and to pass the baton to a new generation.”
Not all experts, however, are so optimistic because they believe it will take more time before we see a test launch at the Plesetsk military base.
"These tests have repeatedly been postponed this year, and it can happen again. The development of such projects is the result of close cooperation between about 500 companies. Therefore, it’s necessary first to conduct the maximum number of ground tests, which, it seems to me, have not been completed yet,” said Vadim Kozulin, a professor at the Academy of Military Science.
Once the Sarmat ICBM is incorporated into
“The total number of Sarmat missiles will reach 154, which is the number of silos left by Voevoda that served as a peacekeeper for the past 30 years,” Kozulin added.