Russia plans to put around 50 new ICBMs into service

At the end of April, Russia had finally tested the SS-X-30 Satan 2. The intercontinental ballistic missile should soon be ready for use.

A Russian Sarmat missile. – keystone


the essentials in brief

  • During the Ukraine War, Russia tested a new missile.
  • The projectile, which can be equipped with nuclear warheads, should be able to reach targets worldwide.
  • Several dozen should be operational by the end of autumn.

Russia intends to put about 50 new Sarmat-type ICBMs into service by the end of autumn. The rockets (NATO code name: SS-X-30 Satan 2) are to be manufactured in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, as the head of the Roskosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, announced to the Interfax agency on Sunday evening.

At the end of April, Russia carried out a test launch of the ICBM at the Plessetzk spaceport in northern Russia.

The Sarmat has a range of 18,000 kilometers and can be equipped with nuclear warheads. This allows Russia to attack both the North and South Pole and reach targets worldwide. The first units are to be stationed in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk.

Against the background of the war against Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin used the rocket launch in April to threaten the West. The weapon can overcome all forms of anti-missile defense and “makes people think twice who, in the fervor of hardened, aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country,” he said.

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