A new missile ‘Sarmat’ tested by Russia ‘can hit any target on Earth’: Vladimir Putin

Sarmat: Image credit: Videograb from The Sun

Moscow/IBNS: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday his country has successfully tested the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, which according to him is capable of carrying nuclear charges that will make Kremlin’s enemies “think twice.”

The Sarmat — dubbed as ‘Satan 2’ by Western analysts — is among Russia’s next-generation missiles that Putin has called “invincible”.

Last month, Russia said it used the Kinzhal missile for the first time in warfare to strike a target in Ukraine, where Russian troops have been engaged in a special military operation since Feb 24.

“I congratulate you on the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile,” Putin told the army in televised remarks on Wednesday.

“This truly unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure the security of Russia from external threats and make those who, in the heat of aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice,” Putin said.

Russia’s defence ministry in a statement said the test “successfully” took place in northern Russia.

“Sarmat is the most powerful missile with the longest range of destruction of targets in the world, which will significantly increase the combat power of our country’s strategic nuclear forces,” the ministry said.

The Sarmat superheavy intercontinental ballistic missile, which weighs more than 200 tonnes, is designed to elude anti-missile defence systems with a short initial boost phase.

According to Putin, the missile can hit any target on Earth.