How Russia’s ‘Satan-2’ Nuclear Weapon Could Be Unleashed to Strike Back at NATO – World News

The threats came when Zhuravlyov was interviewed by state broadcaster TV Russia 1 about Sweden and Finland’s aspirations to join NATO as the war in Ukraine rages on.

The threat to attack Satan-2 was directed against NATO, the military alliance against which Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been hostile

An alarming new nuclear threat has been posed against the West in the form of Putin’s RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) nicknamed “Satan-2” – but how concerned should we be?

Aleksey Zhuravlyov, deputy chairman of the Russian Defense Commission, has suggested that Moscow could use the deadly weapon to strike back at Sweden, Finland and the UK and US.

The threats came when Zhuravlyov was interviewed by state broadcaster TV Russia 1 about Sweden and Finland’s aspirations to join NATO as the war in Ukraine continues.

The threat to attack Satan-2 was directed against NATO, the military alliance against which Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been hostile, and was motivated by its growth.

“If Finland wants to join this bloc, then our goal is absolutely legitimate: to question the existence of this state. This makes sense,” Zhuravlyov said.







Putin’s RS-28 Sarmat Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) is nicknamed “Satan-2”

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“If the United States threatens our state, that’s okay: here’s the Sarmat for you, and nuclear ash will come from you if you think Russia shouldn’t exist. And Finland says it is one with the US. Well, get in line.”

Zhuravlyov made bold claims about the missile’s firing capability, rejecting the idea that Russia would need to establish a nuclear base closer to its Finnish border to reach the aforementioned “nuclear axis.”

He said the Kremlin could hit Finland with a Sarmat from Siberia and even reach the UK, The Independent reports.

At the Finnish border, Russia would have no strategic weapons, but rather “Kinzhal-class weapons,” he said, which would reach Finland in 10 or 20 seconds.

The Satan-2, technically called the RS-28 Sarmat, is a super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) towering over a 14-story tower block and capable of speeds in excess of 15,000 mph and a range of over 6,000 miles.







A view of the damage at the Kharkiv . checkpoint

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On April 20, the Satan-2 was launched amid massive rocket flames from an underground silo at the Plesetsk military cosmodrome in northern Russia.

At the time, Putin said it would guarantee Russia’s security and would think twice about “those fierce people trying to threaten it”.

“There would be no analogues with this weapon in the world for a long time,” he said.

The missile was developed as a successor to the original “Satan” ICBM.

Also known as the R-36 or Voevada, this weapon dates back to the Soviet era and could carry only 10 warheads and cover a range of 6,340 to 9,940 miles, according to data from the US Center for Strategic and International Studies.

This was compared to Satan-2’s superior 6,200-11,180 miles.

In the test firings of Satan-2 by Putin’s government earlier this year, the missile was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the north and stated that its “practice missiles” had hit assigned targets at the Kura Missile Test Range on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

However, the demonstration was largely seen by foreign defense analysts as a political stance ahead of the May 9 “Victory Day” celebrations in Russia.

Zhuravlyov’s comments come after months of threats from Putin and his cronies about the possible launch of the weapon.

Earlier this month, after airspace was closed by three NATO countries to prevent top diplomat Sergei Lavrov from visiting Belgium, the head of the Russian space agency Dmitry Rogozin referred to the weapon when he hit back at the military alliance.

While Bulgaria, Romania and Montenegro could stop its plane, they wouldn’t stop a 208-ton, 15,880 mph Sarmat missile — also known as Satan-2, he said.

He tweeted: “You know what’s so good about Sarmat [ballistic missile]†

“It will not ask for a permit to fly from Bulgarian cowards, vengeful Romanians and Montenegrins – who have betrayed our shared history.”

The same would apply to the Swedes who plan to join NATO, he said.

Rogozin’s message brought with it a torrent of swear words at the outspoken space chief, along with memes that ridiculed him.

“Judging by your military performance, a missile aimed at Bulgaria will be somewhere in Irkutsk. fall [in Siberia]’ said one comment.

Another said to him: “Please stop typing in Cyrillic… Bulgarian cowards don’t want garbage like you use their letters. Glory to Ukraine.”

Another critic said: “You write about the beauty of Sarmat killing people. Have you gone mad?”

Britain has so far dismissed this talk as empty threats. Julian Lewis, chairman of the House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, said: “Russia and the Western nuclear states have had the ability to destroy each other since they acquired strategic nuclear bombers, followed by intercontinental ballistic missiles, more than 60 years ago. . †

“Putin adding this new missile to his already existing ‘overkill’ capability makes absolutely no difference to the effectiveness of our Trident nuclear deterrent submarines.”

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