Russia: Putin’s ‘Satan 2’ missile unveiled for press in Moscow

The R-36M Sarmat missile was put on display as part of a press tour at the training and scientific centre at the Peter the Great Strategic Missile Force Academy in the Moscow Region on Friday. The missile, known as Satan 2 by NATO countries, belongs to the latest generation of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and will replace the Voevoda, the R36 ballistic missile. Russia’s recent... Еще achievements in weapons systems and research were prominently featured in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s s annual address to the Federal Assembly on 1 March. The R-36M is a 209-tonne (460 thousand pounds) two-stage intercontinental ballistic missile powered by liquid fuel and has an operational range of up to 16,200 km (10,066 miles). Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau Chief Designer said that the Sarmat «has similar size and weight characteristics [to R36] and will be placed in the same silos previously used for Voevoda.» He also said that when compared to the Voevoda the “Sarmat’s propulsion engines work faster and the height of the active phase of flight has also been reduced,” which is “a significant factor that can increase its capabilities for overcoming the missile defence systems.»

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