Russia says a new missile can carry several hypersonic weapons

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According to a Russian military officer, the new Russian intercontinental missile ballistic is capable of carrying several hypersonic weaponry.

According to a senior Russian military officer, the new Russian intercontinental missile ballistic is capable of carrying multiple hypersonic weapons.

Colonel Gen. Sergei Karakayev is the commander of Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces. He stated in televised remarks the Sarmat ICBM will carry several Avangard hypersonic Gliders.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Sarmat was test-fired for the first time Wednesday from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia and its practice warheads have successfully reached mock targets on the Kura firing range on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

The test launch came amid soaring tensions between Moscow and the West over the Russian military action in Ukraine and underlines the Kremlin’s emphasis on the country’s nuclear forces.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described the Sarmat rocket launch as a major accomplishment, and claimed that the missile has no foreign counterpart and can penetrate any missile defense.

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

The Sarmat is a heavy missile that has been under development for several years to replace the Soviet-made Voyevoda, which was code-named Satan by the West and forms the core of Russia’s nuclear deterrent.

The military has said that the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound and making sharp maneuvers on its way to target to dodge the enemy’s missile shield.

In anticipation of the Sarmat deployment, the new hypersonic vessel was attached to the Soviet-built ICBMs. In December 2019, the first unit armed by the Avangard entered service.

Vladimir Degtyar (director and designer-in chief of the Makeyev Missile-maker that created the Sarmat) stated in televised remarks its range allows it fly along any trajectory over the north or southern poles to hit any target all around the world.

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