Russia Tests Out Its Next Generation Of Nuclear Ballistic Missiles

Aaron Brown
March 31, 2018

The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a statement Friday reporting that they've conducted a second test of the Sarmat system, a super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is meant to counter growing Western investment in missile defenses. That missile, the RS-28 Sarmat, is created to replace the Soviet-era ICBMs that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nicknamed "Satan" missiles.

The missile test comes as Russia seeks to explain the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy on British soil earlier this month with a Soviet-linked nerve agent that has resulted in a near-complete breakdown of relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, while the USA has firmly supported the U.K.'s response. The site was originally developed to launch ICBMs back in the late 1950s, though has since been used for satellite launches, often with military goal.

The video relayed the Satan 2 missile was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia, CNN reported.

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A rare video of the test was released on the social media. "The Strategic Missile Forces checked scheme and constructive, as well as technological solutions implemented in the missile complex equipped with the ICBM", the ministry said. Like the submarine based missile Bulava, also the Sarmat is said by Russian officials to be able to penetrate any American anti-ballistic missile systems.

"No, such a phrase was not spoken during the talk and these reports have nothing to do with reality", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. Three months ago, on December 28, the first ejection test of Sarmat took place. To do that, it has a markedly shorter boost phase, minimizing the infrared footprint that could be spotted by USA satellites. The ICBM is one of six strategic weapons that Russian Federation detailed this year.

Putin has made much of developing such "invincible" systems as a counter to costly United States missile defense programs. However, it's unclear when, exactly, it will be ready to go into operation and replace the much older SS-18 Satan missile.

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