Putin announced that the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) would be ready for deployment soon.
Sarmat ICBMs weigh 100 tons (for comparison, the American-made LGM-30 Minuteman weighs 35 tons) with a range of 18,000 km (11,184 miles)
This allows it to carry about 15 warheads, up to 750 kilotons. (The bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons). This would be enough to wipe out a country the size of France. It can also carry hypersonic missiles, making most missile defense systems ineffective at intercepting it.
Sarmat is a heavy payload ballistic missile system developed in Russia. The system, also known as the SS-28 Sarmat or Satan 2, is the successor to the previous Russian ballistic missile system Voevoda/Voyevoda.
Sarmat is designed to be able to carry multiple warheads with a large payload, and has a high destructive capacity. The missile is equipped with a precision guidance system that allows it to hit specific targets with high accuracy and long range. Sarmat’s range is estimated to be thousands of kilometres, giving it the ability to aim at distant targets anywhere on Earth.
Sarmat is part of the overall modernization of Russia’s missile forces, and is part of the ongoing effort to enhance Russia’s military capabilities. Sarmat was officially announced in 2018, and several successful tests of the missile were carried out in the following years.
Sarmat aims to enhance Russia’s nuclear deterrence capabilities and is considered part of Russia’s strategic force. Sarmat is one of the most advanced and powerful ballistic missiles in the world today.