Russia is aggressively thinking ahead when it comes to its missile system. Recently, it was found that the country is already in the process of securing a new replacement for its ballistic missile system. And it is expected to be more lethal than its current missile system, which has been nicknamed “Satan” by NATO.
Recent reports have revealed that Russia has determined that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be replacing the Voyevoda ICBM in just a few years.
The new missile system is set to arrive in Uzhur in the Krasnoyarsk Territory in East Siberia and in the Orenburg Region in South Urals soon. The systems is set to become operational as early as 2018.
According to Sputnik, the new RS-28 Sarmat missiles are expected to be a game changer in nuclear war. It’s liquid-propelled ICBM can readily wipe out cities or states, such as Texas or France.
Moreover, it is also said to be capable of traveling at higher speed, making it faster than any other missile defense system known to military today.
In fact, the Sarmat is reportedly a two-stage missile that has an expected operational range of 10,000 kilometer with a payload of four to 10 tons. Moreover, Sarmat is expected to carry up to 10 heavy warheads or 15 lighter warheads.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov has said that the new missile’s warhead could weigh much as 10 tons, according to a report from Russian news agency TASS.
Manufactured by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, Sarmat is also expected to be equipped with several countermeasures, allowing it to get past several anti-missile systems.
According to the Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, the Satan missiles can stay in service for as much as 33 years.
Back in 2014 though, it was decided it will only remain service for just 27 years with the organization speculating that Russian intervention in Ukraine had something to do with the change in the missile’s service time.
Today, the Satan or R-36M2 is deployed in the 27th Guards Missile Army in Vladimir, 31st Missile Army in Rostoshi, Orenburg and 33rd Guards Missile Army in Omsk. The original plan was to reportedly keep this missiles in service until 2022.
It seems, however, that the Sarmat missiles will take over for the Satan missiles much sooner.