By Ray Gano
The Sarmat RS-28 is getting ready to take her maiden test voyage sometime in the second half of 2016.
To date, she will be the most destructive missile ever produced by man.
It believed that it will be a liquid fueled missile that will make it very maneuverable. But on top of that, it will have a number of countermeasures built in to help it dodge enemy radar systems as well as the ability to avoid detection the use a combination of decoys, a number of countermeasures and its sheer speed.
Now was this missile a surprise? No, the existence of the Satan-2 ballistic missile was made public by the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RSMF) in December 2013 with a projected entry into service in the 2018-2020 timeframe. According to the RSMF, they will procure roughly 50 Sarmat / Satan-2 missiles.
What Makes This Missile Such A Powerful Weapon?
In December 2014 the RSMF confirmed that the Satan-2 will be able to carry 10 hypersonic strategic missiles. According to Yuri Borisov, the new ICBM’s range will be greater than 11,000 km or 6835 miles.
Just to give you an idea, Moscow to New York is approximately 4660 miles apart, 1770 miles more and you will hit Denver. So the new Satan-2 has the capability of hitting Denver from Moscow if we were fired upon.
But that is not all. The distance that the missile can fly is one thing, the real danger is in the payload.
The Satan-2 Missile has the ability to carry up to 10 hypersonic nukes, which once they are released at the 11,000 Km / 6835 mile range, these hypersonic can then fly and maneuver another 3,000 (1800 Miles) to 5,000 Km (3100 miles). They have the ability to fly over 100 Km / 62 miles high and reach speeds in excess of Mach 10, which is ten times the speed of sound.
We know that the hypersonic missiles can fly this fast because it was confirmed in June 2015 with the hypersonic glider/missile that was called the Yu-71.
Russia Yu-71, US Prompt Global Strike and China’s Wu-14 Hypersonic missile programs
Adm. Cecil D. Haney, Strategic Command’s (Stratcom) senior leader, said during remarks at a nuclear deterrence conference that despite arms control efforts, hypersonic weapons are among several threatening strategic trends emerging in the world.
China has conducted four flight tests of a 7,000 mile-per-hour maneuvering strike vehicle, and Russia is developing high-speed weapons and reportedly tested a hypersonic weapon in February.
Haney said the Pentagon is developing capabilities that can be used to counter hypersonic arms.
Stratcom is in charge of U.S. nuclear weapons and warfighting, and is tasked with protecting and countering threats to strategic space systems and cyberspace, which is used for command and control of both conventional and nuclear weapons.
Unlike ballistic rockets which fly up, reach a designated altitude, released and then re-enter on a predictable path, the hypersonic YU-71missile that Russia is going to use as part of their Satan-2 ICBM, they (YU-71) will be able to constantly change direction, maneuver.
A representative from the Russian army and industry stated …
“The first test-launch of a Sarmat missile from a silo in the Plesetsk spaceport [Arkhangelsk region] will be performed approximately in the second half of 2016. So-called drop tests will be conducted before that,”
The new missile will be able to deliver a multiple warhead of up to ten tonnes “to any part of the globe via either the North Pole or the South Pole,”
Source – http://rbth.com/news/2016/01/12/sarmat-strategic-missile-to-be-test-fired-from-plesetsk-in-2016_558701
Russia plans to develop several versions of Sarmat.
A report from Valuewalk stated…
According to Yuri Borisov, the new ICBM’s range will be greater than 11,000 km. It is equipped with systems that can confuse enemy missile defense systems. Sarmat is a two-stage missile being developed under a highly classified project. Russia is undergoing a $400 billion military modernization plan. Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin said Russian military will get at least 40 ICBMs by the end of 2015.
Souce – http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/11/russia-new-sarmat-missile/
With this sort of distance capability, the Satan-2 Missile has the capability of taking out large land masses the size of Texas or France.
The Sarmat Rs-28 will replace the current ICBM, the RS-20V Voyevoda – NATO name: Satan – thus the nickname Satan 2.