The Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual State of the Nation Address demonstrated a video showing main characteristics of the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.
The new missile complex is a liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, super-heavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile and called the RS-28 Sarmat.
“We have launched the development of the new generation of missiles, and, in particular, the Defense Ministry jointly with the missile and space industry launched the active phase of tests of a new missile complex equipped with a heavy intercontinental missile. We called it Sarmat,” Putin said.
According to the TASS, the Russian president demonstrated the lawmakers and the senators from both houses of the Russian parliament a video showing the main characteristics of the Sarmat missile complex, which in particular has an unlimited flight distance.
The missile has a range of 6,000 miles and was fired on Thursday night from Plestek Cosmodrome in Oblast, 880km north of Moscow.
The new missile will when deployed replace today’s R-36M (by NATO named SS-18 or Satan) silo-based ballistic missiles. Sarmat has maximum range of 16,000 kilometers.