Russia touts ‘Satan 2,’ its latest, greatest nuke
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Russia touts ‘Satan 2,’ its latest, greatest nuke

ICBM with 10,000-kilometer range, capable of wiping out Texas or France, to go into production in 2018

Image from Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau showing RS-28 Sarmat ICBM dubbed "Satan 2" (Screenshot)
Image from Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau showing RS-28 Sarmat ICBM dubbed "Satan 2" (Screenshot)

Russia has released first images of its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, armed with a super-heavy thermonuclear warhead.

An illustration of the RS-28 Sarmat missile was released by Russia’s Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau on Sunday, according to Sputnik News agency.

It is set to replace the Cold-War era R-36 ICBM, dubbed “Satan” by NATO. According to the Zvezda news agency, the missile would be capable of wiping out an area the size of Texas or the slightly smaller France. It will reportedly travel at speeds of up to Mach 12, or over four kilometers per second, effectively rendering any existing US defense capabilities useless. It is expected to go into production by 2018.

The image of “Satan 2” released by the rocket agency was accompanied by the following text (translation from Sputnik):

In accordance with the Decree of the Russian Government ‘On the State Defense Order for 2010 and the planning period 2012-2013’, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau was instructed to start design and development work on the Sarmat. In June 2011, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a state contract for the Sarmat’s development. The prospective strategic missile system is being developed in order to create an assured and effective nuclear deterrent for Russia’s strategic forces.

The text was signed by the heads of the designer team, V. Degtar and Y. Kaverin.

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