Russian officials believe the Sarmat supermissile is powerful enough to destroy a large area of countries hostile to Moscow.
“A Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is capable of destroying half the coast of the hostile continent,” said Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Russia’s state space company Roskosmos. However, he did not specify where this “enemy continent” is located.
The statement was made by Rogozin a month after Russia first test-launched an entire Sarmat rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the north of the country. President Vladimir Putin said at the time that the Sarmat missile “can hit any target on Earth.”
Russian officials said last month that the serial production line of the RS-28 Sarmat missile is operational and that the first projectiles are expected to be delivered to a unit in Krasnoyarsk province, about 3,000 kilometers east of Moscow, in the fall of this year.
A total of 46 Sarmat missile systems will be delivered to the Russian army. They are placed in the launch cell of the old R-36M2 Voyevoda missile developed by the Soviet Union, helping Russia save resources and time.
Each Sarmat shell is 35.5 m long, 3 m in diameter, carries 178 tons of fuel and has a range of over 18,000 km. The Russian official, who asked not to be named, said Sarmat’s basic warhead was the equivalent of 50 million tons of TNT, which was outfitted with various types of decoys to fool enemy defenses.
The warheads have a maximum speed of more than 25,000 km/h, use an independent guidance system to hit a variety of targets, and can redirect themselves on re-entry to avoid interception.
General Sergey Karakaev, commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces, said that Sarmat missiles can also carry multiple Avangard hypersonic warheads, helping them defeat any defense system in the world today.
In September 2021, Rogozin announced that the future pillar of Russia’s nuclear shield would be the Sarmat missile for the next 30-40 years.
vu appendix (Corresponding TASS)