Russia Deploys RS-28 Satan-2 intercontinental missiles

Putin has highlighted the assignment of the first set of these heavy ICBMs to military units, noting enigmatically: “Soon, we will deploy them on the fronts where we are currently fighting.”

In a speech addressed to the federation, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, made public the integration and prompt activation in war contexts of the RS-28 Sarmat heavy-type intercontinental ballistic missiles, known colloquially as Satan-2.

Although Putin’s speech was deliberately ambiguous regarding the targets or specific operating scenarios for this weaponry, the current political environment suggests Ukraine as the possible epicenter of a confrontation that could escalate to the intervention of Western forces linked to NATO.

Putin has highlighted the assignment of the first set of these heavy ICBMs to military units, noting enigmatically: “Soon, we will deploy them on the fronts where we are currently fighting.” This statement comes in parallel with equally nebulous comments from French President Emmanuel Macron, who hinted at the potential mobilization of troops in Ukraine in support of Kyiv.

Mystery and speculation have intensified significantly in the last 24 hours due to the proliferation of videos on the Internet documenting the movement of heavy nuclear ICBMs throughout Russian territory.

This issue has quickly become the focus of online debates, fueling theories that missile launch sites could be retrofitted for the May 9 Military Parade.

Satan-2 Deployment: A Declaration of Military Capability

Russia Deploys RS-28 Satan-2 Intercontinental Missiles

As reported at the beginning of October last year, the Russian head of state proclaimed the beginning of serial production of the RS-28 Sarmat. He declared that this milestone represented the successful closing of the missile’s development cycle, having passed the latest state tests. Additionally, he mentioned that several administrative and legal processes were being finalized.

Current rumors suggest that Russia’s launch of the RS-28 Sarmat transcends a mere routine military exercise. Predominantly, it is interpreted as a “show of force” to the West, especially in reaction to statements coming from France.

Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko revealed a few days ago that the Sarmat-2 has already been operationally deployed. He stressed that the premise of these ICBM mobilizations in 2024 is to strengthen the arsenal of the Russian armed forces significantly.

Crucial evaluations of the RS-28 Sarmat in Plesetsk

Russia Deploys RS-28 Satan-2 Intercontinental Missiles
RS-28 Sarmat

Preliminary tests of our advanced missile technology were carried out at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a prominent spaceport located in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast.

The first relevant milestone was the ejection test of the RS-28 Sarmat, carried out in December 2017. This procedure had the purpose of verifying the handling capacity of the missile prior to launch and carefully evaluating its take-off mechanisms.

Understanding that a test ejection does not equate to a full launch is imperative. Rather, it consists of the expulsion of the missile from its silo through the use of a gas generator, replicating the initial phase of a real launch.

After a successful ejection test, the RS-28 Sarmat executed its first full flight in March 2018. The missile hit its target with remarkable precision, validating its operational capability and signaling a significant advance in its development.

Subsequent tests of the RS-28 Sarmat were conducted at the same site, the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. These continuous evaluations ratified the missile’s performance parameters and confirmed its suitability to fulfill the assigned missions.

RS-28 Sarmat: A colossus in the international arena

The RS-28 Sarmat stands as a formidable contender on the global stage, often nicknamed “Satan 2”. This super-heavy category intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] with liquid fuel propulsion is equipped with a thermonuclear arsenal, constituting a pillar in Russia’s nuclear modernization strategy. It is intended to replace the obsolete R-36M2 “Voevoda”, known in NATO circles as SS-18 “Satan.”

Addressing the specifications of the RS-28, prepare to be impressed. The missile has a weight of 208.1 tons and a length of 35.3 meters. With a diameter of 3 meters, its propulsion is due to a powerful liquid fuel engine, which gives it outstanding speed and range. Additionally, with a payload capacity of 10 tons, the missile can carry multiple independent reentry vehicles [MIRV].

The operational range of the RS-28 is approximately 18,000 kilometers, allowing it to reach any destination on the globe. This global coverage capability is due to its exceptional speed and the suborbital flight path it follows.

Performance breakdowns and destructive capacity of the RS-28 Sarmat

The operational process of the RS-28 Sarmat begins with its launch from an underground silo, propelled into the sky by activating its liquid fuel-based engine. Upon reaching a predetermined altitude, the engine’s role ends, and the missile continues its flight along a ballistic trajectory. At this point, the critical deployment phase of the warheads housed in its cargo compartment occurs.

Surprisingly, each warhead heads toward its destination following an independent trajectory, making it possible for the missile to hit multiple locations simultaneously. The impact’s magnitude varies depending on each warhead’s destructive capacity and the altitude at which the detonation occurs with respect to the ground.

When you contemplate the devastating impact of these warheads reaching their designated targets, you understand the seriousness of their destructive potential. It is estimated that the RS-28 Sarmat can carry between 10 and 15 MIRVs, with each warhead capable of releasing up to 750 kilotons of explosive force.

To put it in context, this capacity exceeds by a considerable margin that of the nuclear bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, predicting massive destruction and extensive radioactive contamination in the affected areas.