According to experts, the RS-28 Sarmat can transport a MIRV warhead weighing up to 10 tons to any part of the world.
Vladimir Putin’s statements
Putin confirmed the completion of work on the RS-28 Sarmat and that its serial production and commissioning into combat service are imminent issues.
In addition, he highlighted that Russia has made progress in developing modern strategic weapons and mentioned the successful test of the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile.
These statements contrast with the Roscosmos agency’s head, Yuri Borisov, who announced that the Sarmat missiles were already in combat service.
Features and capabilities of the RS-28 Sarmat
According to experts, the RS-28 Sarmat can transport a MIRV warhead weighing up to 10 tons to any part of the world, passing through the North and South Pole.
The Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau has been responsible for its production since 2009. This missile, also known as “Satan II,” aims to replace the R-36M ICBM or “SS-18 Satan” in the Russian arsenal.
The missile, with a height of 35 meters and a diameter of 3 meters, has a weight of 200 tons and can carry a payload of 10 tons, reaching speeds above Mach 20 thanks to its liquid fuel rocket motor.
Evolution and deployment of the missile
In March 2018, Putin officially introduced the Sarmat as one of Russia’s six innovative strategic weapons. In April 2022, it had its first test flight.
In August 2022, the contract for the production and delivery of the missile system was signed. In September 2023, the Sarmat officially entered combat service, becoming the longest-range ICBM in the world.
Intended to ensure Russia’s nuclear deterrent capability, the RS-28 Sarmat can carry multiple warheads, whether conventional or nuclear and has a range of 18,000 kilometers.
Impact and potential of the RS-28 Sarmat
The Sarmat has advanced guidance systems and is capable of launching multiple warheads simultaneously at different targets, increasing its destructive potential.
With high speed and sophisticated guidance systems, the missile is difficult to intercept, adding to its offensive power. Furthermore, its large load capacity allows for deploying high-power warheads, amplifying its destructive power.
In summary, the RS-28 Sarmat is emerging as a highly destructive weapon, capable of successfully neutralizing enemy defenses.