TENSPORTZONE – The RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is ready to be deployed in the next few months. President Vladimir Putin boasts of a terrifying weapon that can carry 15 nuclear warheads, calling it a missile that can penetrate all modern defense systems today.
The highly lethal projectile can fly more than 11,000 miles and has the potential to destroy an area the size of England in a single strike. The RS-28 Sarmat ICBM was successfully tested early last week, with Russia calling the success a major and significant event for the country’s military industry.
This gruesome weapon maneuver was carried out by Russia in the midst of its ongoing war in Ukraine. Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Roscosmos space agency, said a military unit would be deployed to Uzhur, about 1,800 miles east of Moscow, with Sarmat missiles in the next few months or later this year. “We plan to do it by autumn at the latest,” he told Rossiya 24 television channel yesterday.
Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said Russia’s option to fire it over one of Earth’s poles could pose obstacles to ground-based and satellite-based radar and tracking systems.
He believes that further testing will be needed before Russia can use the weapon that triggers the catastrophe. A group of people within the Kremlin, Western media reported, feared that their leader would use nuclear weapons to defeat Ukraine and stop the palace coup. Some members of the elite in Moscow have also questioned President Putin’s invasion of his neighbors and its economic and political repercussions.
Putin’s critics are spread across a range of senior positions in government and state-run businesses, according to Bloomberg, citing ten sources with direct knowledge of the situation. His opponents believed the war against Ukraine had been a grave mistake and would cost Russia decades to retreat. During an interview on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov did not provide a direct answer to repeated questions about whether Russia might use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
The interim US ambassador to the UK, Philip Reeker, told Sky News: “Yes, as our director of Central Intelligence, Bill Burns, said in public testimony last week, this is something we should be concerned about. So of course it’s something we have to look at closely, the kind of brutality that Putin has committed — we’ve seen it before, but it’s hard to imagine what he did.” “And it looks like very few will stop him, especially when he makes such threats.”