MOSCOW (AP) — A brand new Russian intercontinental ballistic missile is able to carrying several hypersonic weapons, a senior Russian army officer stated Sunday.
Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, the commander of the Russian army’s Strategic Missile Forces, stated in televised remarks that the brand new Sarmat ICBM is designed to carry several Avangard hypersonic glide autos.
Russia’s Defense Ministry stated the Sarmat was test-fired for the primary time Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia and its observe warheads have efficiently reached mock targets on the Kura firing vary on the far japanese Kamchatka Peninsula.
The check launch got here amid hovering tensions between Moscow and the West over the Russian army motion in Ukraine and underlines the Kremlin’s emphasis on the nation’s nuclear forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the Sarmat launch as a serious achievement, claiming that the brand new missile has no overseas equal and is able to penetrating any potential missile protection.
“This actually distinctive weapon will strengthen the fight potential of our armed forces, reliably guarantee Russia’s safety from exterior threats and make these, who within the warmth of frantic aggressive rhetoric attempt to threaten our nation, suppose twice,” Putin stated Wednesday.
The Sarmat is a heavy missile that has been below improvement for several years to exchange the Soviet-made Voyevoda, which was code-named Satan by the West and varieties the core of Russia’s nuclear deterrent.
The army has stated that the Avangard is able to flying 27 occasions quicker than the velocity of sound and making sharp maneuvers on its means to goal to dodge the enemy’s missile protect.
In anticipation of the deployment of the Sarmat, the brand new hypersonic automobile has been fitted to the present Soviet-built ICBMs, and the primary unit armed with the Avangard entered obligation in December 2019.
The director and the designer-in-chief of the Makeyev missile-maker that developed the Sarmat, Vladimir Degtyar, stated in televised remarks that its vary permits it to fly alongside any trajectory throughout north or south poles to hit any goal world wide.