Russian Federation test-fires 'invincible' ICBM 'Satan 2'

Saul Bowman
April 2, 2018

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a video showing the RS-28 Sarmat-dubbed "Satan 2" by the NATO Western military alliance-being launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Mirny, Arkhangelsk Oblast.

The nuclear weapon called Sarmat will replace the current Soviet-era missile called Veovoda. "He added that Sarmat also carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on Satan".

While congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his March 18 win last week, Trump warned, "If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I'll win", NBC News reported Thursday, citing two unnamed White House officials.

'This new test at the Plesetsk spaceport confirmed its characteristics during the pre-launch and initial flight phases, ' the ministry said in a statement published in its Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper.

The ICBM test also simultaneously comes during a time when North Korea - which a year ago test-fired missiles it claimed would be able to hit the United States - is taking center stage in world diplomacy is what is perceived as an effort to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Because of the range, the missile could travel across the South Pole, and by extension bypass every extent missile interceptor.

Experts have questioned how complete some of the new weapons vaunted by Putin are in reality, noting that they are long-term hedges against advances in missile defense technology.

Shortly after last week's call, Trump defended his decision to congratulate Putin from critics who have accused the longtime Russian leader of undermining democracy at home and overseas. "No one listened before, so listen to Russian Federation now", Putin said.

Putin's saber-rattling with the weapons, which he accompanied in his speech with warnings that the US had failed to "contain Russian Federation", has prompted fears of a new nuclear arms race, as China also works to develop its own next-generation weapons and President Donald Trump has spoken of massively increasing the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal.

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