The ‘terrible’ power of the Russian super missile RS-28 Sarmat, can tear all defences

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Russia’s RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be much more powerful than other strategic weapons, including the US LGM-30 Minuteman ICBM.

On 20 April 2022, according to the Russian Defense Ministry: “at 15:12 Moscow time at the Plesetsk state test cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, a Sarmat fixed-based intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully launched from a silo launcher”.

According to Dmitry Rogozin, the launch of Russia’s “super weapon” is a historic event that will play a role in ensuring the security of future generations of the country in the next 30-40 years.

The head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday that Moscow plans to deploy a newly tested and capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-28 Sarmat by Autumn.

“We intend to carry out the plan no later than this fall,” Rogozin said on Rossiya 24 TV channel, calling it an ambitious goal.

According to the General Director of Roscosmos Corporation, the technical data makes the Sarmat missile invulnerable to current and future US and NATO missile defense systems.

“This is a huge success for our designers and engineers. We are very proud,” he added.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry on April 20 announced that Russia had successfully carried out the first launch of the missile Sarmat from the Plesetsk center in the Arkhangelsk Region.

RS-28 Sarmat ICBM
RS-28 Sarmat ICBM

The Sarmat missile was developed at the Makeyev State Missile Center (part of Roscosmos) and manufactured at the Krasmash enterprise.

According to experts, the RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of carrying a MIRVed warhead weighing up to 10 tons to any point in the world across the North and South Poles.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also watched the successful launch of the Sarmat missile and congratulated the Russian military on this.

“This is an important and landmark event in the development of advanced weapons systems in the Russian army,” Putin stressed.

The new missile system has the highest tactical characteristics and is capable of evading any modern missile defense system, the Russian president said.

Putin stressed that the missile uses only Russian-made parts. “This will make the mass production of this missile easier and speed up the process of delivering it to the Strategic Missile Forces,” Putin said.

As Russia’s most advanced missile, the Sarmat missile is said to be able to overcome today’s advanced air defense systems.

This missile can carry 10 large warheads and 16 small warheads. Some sources believe that Russia also equips Sarmat with 24 supersonic Yu-74 warheads.

Russian officials assert that the missile has almost absolute accuracy thanks to the guidance of the global satellite system GLONASS, with a maximum deviation of only about 10m.

In a speech to the National Assembly in 2018, Russian President Putin called this missile “invincible”.

Some sources claim that the country’s new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile can “tear apart” any missile defense system.

At the Armia military technical forum 2019, the parameters of this missile were announced for the first time, according to which, the Sarmat super missile has a length of 35.5m, a range of 18,000km, a launch weight of 208, 1 ton and can reach a maximum speed of up to 24,000km/h.

An unnamed Russian official confirmed that Sarmat’s basic warhead is equivalent to 50 million tons of TNT, equipped with various types of decoys to deceive enemy defenses.

The warheads have a maximum speed of 24,900 km/h, use an independent guidance system to hit many different targets, as well as can self-redirect during the revolving phase to avoid interception.

Impact area after it was hit by one out of 15 missiles
Impact area after it was hit by one out of 15 missiles

On the presented video frames, published by the Russia 1 TV channel, you can see the consequences of a direct hit by a Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile in a given area at the Kourou training ground. A huge funnel indicates that if there were enemy forces or an important strategic object in this area, then practically nothing would be left of it.

In the event that the heavy ICBM “Sarmat” carried a warhead, then the funnel would certainly be measured hundreds of meters in diameter and tens of meters deep, since according to unofficial data, the total power of the missile warheads is about 7.5 megatons in TNT equivalent.

Experts note that, judging by the video footage, the warheads were planned when approaching their targets, although this cannot be confirmed at the moment. However, apparently, the latter did not have hypersonic speed, although it was previously assumed that the Sarmat blocks would be accelerated to hypersonic speeds in order to avoid the possibility of interception by the enemy.

Experts note that, judging by the video footage, the warheads were planned when approaching their targets, although this cannot be confirmed at the moment. However, apparently, the latter did not have hypersonic speed, although it was previously assumed that the Sarmat blocks would be accelerated to hypersonic speeds in order to avoid the possibility of interception by the enemy.

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