Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia has successfully tested the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, saying the weapon that can carry nuclear payloads “think twice” about the Kremlin’s enemies.
The Sarmat — dubbed Satan 2 by Western analysts — is one of the next-generation Russian missiles Putin has called “invincible,” which also includes the Kinzhal and Avangard hypersonic missiles.
Last month, Russia said it used Kinzhal in warfare for the first time to hit a target in Ukraine, where Russian forces have been engaged in a special military operation since Feb. 24.
“Congratulations on the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile,” Putin told the military in televised comments on Wednesday.
“This truly unique weapon will enhance the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure Russia’s security from outside threats, and give thought to those who seek to threaten our country,” Putin said.
The Russian defense ministry said in a statement that the test took place “successfully” in the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.
According to the ministry, the missile delivered training missiles to the Kura test area of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia’s Far East.
“Sarmat is the most powerful missile with the longest range of target destruction in the world, which will significantly increase the combat power of our country’s strategic nuclear forces,” the ministry said.
Sarmat’s super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile is designed to evade anti-missile systems with a short initial boost phase, giving enemy surveillance systems a small window to track.
Weighing more than 200 tons and capable of carrying multiple warheads, Putin says the missile can hit any target on Earth.
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