Russia tests nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile

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Russia carried out a test launch on Wednesday with the nuclear-capable Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, which was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome and reached its destination 6,000 kilometers away at the Kurá range, on the Kamchatka peninsula. The launch was broadcast on public television and presided over by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who took the opportunity in his speech to issue a warning to those who “try to threaten” his country.

According to Putin, the Sarmat “reliably guarantees Russia’s security from external threats and will make those who, in the unbridled maelstrom of aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice”, alluding to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions applied by the West since the beginning of the conflict.

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Putin assures in the broadcast on public television that the Sarmat “will make those who try to threaten our country think twice”

Putin stressed that the Sarmat “is capable of overcoming all modern means of anti-missile defense”, in addition to having tactical-technical characteristics of the highest level. “It has no analogues in the world and will not have them for a long time. Indeed, it is a unique weapon that will strengthen the military potential of our Armed Forces,” he said.

The Sarmat will enter service with the Russian strategic forces in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region once the test program is complete, replacing the world’s most powerful silo-mounted missile, the RS-20B Voevoda, classified by NATO as SS- 18 or Satan. “The Sarmat missile is the most powerful missile with the longest range in the world,” underlines the Defense Ministry statement.

Putin unveiled the Sarmat on March 2, 2018, just before his re-election, during a controversial State of the Nation address. He then warned the West that the Sarmat has a “virtually unlimited range”, so the US anti-missile system “will have nothing to do”.

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