In 2021, Russia is to carry out three test launches of its RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
“Three launches of the Sarmat ICBM will be carried out as part of flight development tests in 2021,” several unnamed TASS sources said.
“The first launch of the Sarmat ICBM within the framework of flight development tests will be carried out tentatively in the third quarter of 2021, a field at the Kura testing range on Kamchatka will be a target,” another source said.
The sources told TASS that all the three launches would be performed from a silo at the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia. One of those missiles will probably be fired at its maximum range.
More conclusive, state trials will begin in 2022, with first regiment entering combat service at the end of the year, the sources said.
“The defense ministry is already purchasing serially produced missiles,” one of them added.
The RS-28 Sarmat missile caused a bit of a stir in British media, with the Daily Mail writing an incredible report on the matter.
It is titled: “Russia announces three tests of Putin’s ‘invincible’ new hypersonic ‘Satan 2’ super nuke capable of wiping out an area the size of England and Wales.”
No fear mongering there.
It is a scary weapon indeed, if British media is concerned.
“Previous footage of the ‘invincible’ hypersonic weapon, known in the West as ‘Satan-2’, during a drop test shows it emerging from its silo – pausing as if hovering above the ground, and then speeding to its target in a cloud of white smoke.”
Sarmat is to replace R-36M2 Voevoda missiles, which have been the most powerful in the world and operational since 1970s.
Sarmat considerably exceeds the specifications of its predecessor. Some of its characteristics were disclosed at Army-2019 forum. The new missile weighs 208.1 tons, the payload is close to 10 tons and the fuel is 178 tons. The range of Sarmat is 18 thousand kilometers.
Additionally, Sarmat has completely new means to counter missile defense.
Its active flight stage, when the missile accelerates and is visible and vulnerable to missile defense, has been reduced.
The shorter acceleration section is important for the breakthrough of missile defense, as the separation of reentry vehicles and discharge of dummy targets are possible only after the boost. Sarmat engines rapidly boost the missile to the safe zone and make it invulnerable for the missile defense until it reaches the main flight trajectory.
It can fly by unpredictable routes and bypass missile defense areas. It can fly over the North and South Pole and approach targets from directions that are not envisaged for interception.
To make it even more impressive, it can allegedly carry other reentry vehicles such as the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle and other missiles.