'No Rival' Russian Sarmat Missile: Fly over the North and South Poles to Destroy Target
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Sarmat Russian missiles carry multiple self-separating warheads with a total weight of up to 10 tons, which can fly over the North and South Poles to strike anywhere in the world.
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Sarmat Has No Rival
Speaking on Zvezda TV channel on May 22, Deputy Commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces Sergey Poroskun said that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile was built only on components produced by Russia. It will enter service with the Russian army until the 2070s.
“This promising missile complex will be on duty for the next 50 years. We have such confidence primarily thanks to the technical-tactical features. It is manufactured only on highly reliable Russian-made components. This is the basis for us to confirm that,” he said.
The launch of the "super-weapon" was an historic event that would guarantee the security of Russia's children and grandchildren for the next 30-40 years.
The general designer of the Makeev National Missile Center (under the Russian Space Agency), Vladimir Degtyar, said that the US currently does not have a missile similar to the Sarmat.
“They focus mainly on the use of solid fuels. And the bottom line is that we simply have the best engines running on liquid fuel, which the United States has not yet mastered the production technology," said General Architect Vladimir Degtyar.
Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Sergei Karakaev said the missile was named after the Sarmatian warriors.
“They (the Sarmatian warriors) built heavy cavalry armed with spears and long, heavy arrows. In particular, they have straight swords that make enemies extremely afraid. Before each raid, they always thought the enemy would be punished. We can say so thanks to the quality of this modern missile complex. This is a punitive sword with a warning that Russia is firmly protected," said Commander Karakaev.
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Sarmat Missles Fly over the South Pole and the North Pole
On April 20, the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile was launched for the first time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. Currently, the Uzhur missile corps in the Krasnoyarsk region is preparing to rearm its forward missile regiment with a new missile complex. The range of Sarmat combat equipment has been expanded, including in terms of the number of warheads and types, including hypersonic gliders. This is due to the mass and energy characteristics of the rocket.
The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile was designed and built at the Krasmash plant of the Makeev National Missile Center. "In the coming decades, the creation of Russia's newest Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor is unlikely," said the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces, Sergei Karakaev. According to him, the level of propulsion equipment for Sarmat's flight trajectory can be changed.
The Sarmat missile is capable of flying over the North Pole, and even if necessary, can put it on a trajectory to fly over Antarctica to strike anywhere in the world.
Unique Features of Sarmat Missles
According to technical documents published by the manufacturer, the Sarmat missile has a range of 18,000km, a launch weight of 208.1 tons and a payload of nearly 10 tons. Fuel mass is 178 tons, rocket length 35.5m, diameter 3m. The missile carries multiple self-splitting warheads aimed at separate targets.
The Sarmat RS-28 series will replace the heaviest Voevoda strategic missile in the world. The design and testing of this missile project has been started since 2011.
The concept of the Sarmat complex is to carry warheads in different flight paths. This makes them significantly difficult to intercept and destroy even with the most advanced missile defense systems.
Russian media recently claimed that the Federation’s new intercontinental ballistic missile will be able to penetrate even America’s most effective defence systems—but are they right?
Russia claims the new RS-28 Sarmat heavy ICBM, being introduced as part of its nuclear modernisation, can wipe out an area ‘the size of Texas or France’.
They may be referring to the missile being able to deliver nuclear weapons via the South Pole rather than the traditional ‘over the north pole’ route. It may also be typical Russian grandstanding in an effort to intimidate. Whilst the RS-28 will certainly get US planners thinking about nuclear modernisation, it seems unlikely that such hyperbole will have US leaders rushing for the nuclear bunkers.
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