First Russian RS-28 Sarmat ICBM to go on combat duty by yearend


MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The first Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will go on combat duty in Russia in the end of 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “The Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test-launched. The first such ICBM is to go on combat duty already in the end of this year,” he said at a meeting with graduates of higher military educational institutions.
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RS-28 Sarmat, or "Satan 2", ICBM (Picture source: Russian MoD)


In addition to the new weapons tested on the battlefield, the Russian troops have begun to receive S-500 state-of-the-art antiaircraft and anti-ballistic missile defense systems that have no rivals in the world, Putin stressed.

Russia successfully test-launched Sarmat ICBM for the first time from the Plesetsk spaceport in Arkhangelsk region in the country’s north last April 20. The launch confirmed all the ICBM characteristics at all the stages of its flight. Currently, the Uzhur missile formation in Krasnoyarsk region is preparing to arm a regiment with Sarmat.

The ICBM was developed by the Makeyev State Rocket Center (part of Roscosmos) and is manufactured by Krasmash enterprise. RS-28 Sarmat is capable of delivering a MIRV warhead weighing up to 10 tons to any location worldwide both via the North and South Poles.

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Additional information:
The RS-28 Sarmat (NATO reporting name: SS-X-29 or SS-X-30), known as "Satan II", is a liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) produced by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau since 2009. It is intended to replace the R-36M ICBM (SS-18 'Satan') in Russia's arsenal. The Sarmat is one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian president Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. The RS-28 Sarmat made its first test flight on 20 April 2022. 46 units of this "gift to NATO" (as nicknamed by Vladimir Putin) are scheduled to be produced.


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