Russia tests new intercontinental ballistic missile – as Putin warns the new Sarmat weapon ‘will provide food for thought for our enemies’
Russia has test launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile, its Defence Ministry announced today.
Vladimir Putin said the unmatched Sarmat missile will provide ‘food for thought for those who try to threaten Russia’ and will make Russia’s enemies ‘think twice’.
The first launch of the missile was carried out today at the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia.
Putin was shown on TV being briefed by the military that the missile had been launched from the country’s northwest and hit targets in the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east.
Russian state media said: ‘Sarmat is the most powerful missile with the longest range of destruction of targets in the world, which will significantly increase the combat power of our country’s strategic nuclear forces.’
The missile, known in the West as Satan-2 – is believed to be the biggest beast in Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
The weapon is estimated to have an 11,000-mile range, carrying up to 10 heavy warheads.
More to follow.