Russian state news agency Tass on Thursday published reports on the alleged effectiveness of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) – known in the West by its NATO codename “Satan 2” – a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a nuclear threat in the West on the invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir Degtyar, the CEO of the JSC Makeyev Design Bureau, which developed the missile, told Tass in an interview that the weapon “is unparalleled anywhere in the world.”
In another report published on Thursday, Tass said Degtyar told the news outlet that the missile “would leave its silo under any conditions and do its job with 100 percent certainty.”
Tass wrote: “The missile is unique in terms of its unmatched speed, record-breaking range, supreme accuracy and complete invulnerability when penetrating missile defense systems.”
The agency added that “the ICBM RS-28 Sarmat is capable of delivering a MIRV of up to 10 tons to any point in the world.” MIRV stands for Multiple Independent Targetable Reentry Vehicle.
In 2019, Russian officials said the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM would complete its testing phase by 2020, and the missile’s first launch occurred in April, Tass reported. The missile was originally scheduled to be operational by 2016.
State media coverage of the weapon came shortly after Putin delivered a speech declaring he was ready to respond to what he called the West’s “nuclear blackmail” with its own weapons.
“If Russia sees its territorial integrity threatened, we will use all defense methods at our disposal, and this is not a bluff,” Putin said.
Reuters reported that former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, made similar remarks on Thursday, saying nuclear weapons could be used to defend Russian-held territories in Ukraine.
“The Donbass republics (Donetsk and Luhansk) and other areas will be included in Russia,” Medvedev said, according to the news agency. “Russia announced that not only mobilization capabilities, but also all Russian weapons, including strategic nuclear weapons and weapons based on new principles, could be used for such protection.”
President Joe Biden responded to Putin’s threat at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday: “The United States stands ready to pursue critical arms control measures. A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” Biden said in his address.
news week asked the defense ministries of Russia and Ukraine for their opinion.
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