Friday, December 2, 2022

Russia unveils new secret «Sarmat» heavy intercontinental ballistic missile

Official website of Joint Stock Company «Academician V.P.Makeyev State Rocket Centre» has released the first photo of new «Sarmat» heavy intercontinental ballistic missile.

Russia is currently working on a new  heavy intercontinental ballistic missile for replacing the most powerful RS-20V Voevoda (according to NATO classification — SS-18 Satan)ballistic complexes.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov reportedly said in February that Sarmat will be equipped with several configurations, with the warhead having a mass of 10 tons.


“The prototype will have precisely the same size and mass as the future combat version. Instead of a MIRV warhead the prototype will carry a dummy. The booster will not be turned on. Sarmat will rise several dozen meters above the silo to fall nearby,” the source told TASS.

MIRV, or a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle, is a ballistic missile payload containing several warheads.

The RS-28 Sarmat or SS-X-30 is a future Russian liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile in development by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau from 2009, intended to replace the previous R-36 missile.

Its large payload would allow for up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter ones, and/or a combination of warheads and massive amounts of countermeasures designed to defeat anti-missile systems; it was heralded by the Russian military as a response to the U.S. Prompt Global Strike.

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