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    The best current missile defenses system may prove powerless against Sarmat, Russia's new intercontinental ballistic missile, which will be ready for field trials this summer, according to the Russian news network Zvezda

    Russia's New ICBM Sarmat Can Penetrate Defense Shield, Wipe Out Texas

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    The best current missile defenses system may prove powerless against Sarmat, Russia's new intercontinental ballistic missile, which will be ready for field trials this summer, according to the Russian news network Zvezda.

    Russia's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, Sarmat, may render all current missile defense systems obsolescent, the Russian news network Zvezda reported.

    The RS-28 Sarmat is the state-of-the-art heavy liquid-propelled intercontinental ballistic missile which is currently being developed for the Russian army

    It is designed to replace the old Soviet R-36M missiles Voevoda, codenamed 'Satan' by NATO, as the heavy silo-based component of Russia's nuclear deterrence. The RS-28 has been in development since 2009 and is scheduled to start replacing the old ICBMs in 2018.

    Launching an RS-20 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile (File)
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    Launching an RS-20 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile (File)

    "In this sense, the Sarmat missile will not only become the R-36M's successor, but also to some extent it will determine in which direction nuclear deterrence in the world will develop," Zvezda said.

    The broadcaster added that the RS-28 is capable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France, and that its higher speed performance will enable it to speed past every missile defense system in existence.

    Although there is very little information on the technical characteristics of the new missile, some sources said that the Sarmat is a two-stage missile with an estimated operational range of 10,000km and a mass of at least 100 tons, including a payload weighing from 4 tons up to 10 tons.

    The missile will be equipped with a MIRVed combination of a dozen heavy warheads, each individually steerable during reentry.  MIRV is an acronym for a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle.

    Sarmat warheads will have an array of advanced antimissile countermeasures meant to penetrate the US ABM shield. Speculation is rife that they would have a conventional hypersonic version like the US's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon or the Chinese WU-14 and could be used as a precision intercontinental weapon in a non-nuclear conflict.

    The Russian Defense Ministry plans to put the Sarmat into service in late 2018 and complete replacing the Voevoda with the RS-28 by 2020.


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      wipe out Texas? hey why not, that's where Bush lives...
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      Syria Forever
      (...)Wipe Out Texas(...). Com'on Sputnik... Tomorrow CNN is hyperventilating ;"Russia want to wipe out Texas!!". Nobody wants to wipe out Texas I believe or is there a plan to do so in the Kremlin? Have a nice day.
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      I personally doubt that wipe out one entire state such as Texas or France is very hard to believe. That would be possible only if the missile would have more than 10 Thermo Nuclear warheads and each of 150 Mega Ton yield. That size warhead would obliterate - vaporise - an surface area of about 2,800 km2 and about 11.000 km2 would be destroyed by blast and heath wave. Now the real damage would come from the fact that this bomb would lift up immense millions of tons of dust particles which would then become radioactive and this fallout would practically render enormous quantity of land inhospitable for millennia to come. At least 10 such bombs would really be quite enough but fallout would be so immense that not even EU as well as Russia would be spared from this fallout. In my opinion 10 such hyper bombs would be more than enough to contaminate whole northern hemisphere. One 150MT TN bomb is equivalent to 6000 Hiroshima bombs and that is a lots of bombs and even more radiation. I am afraid but if Russia pushed too far might go for that as the result would be equal as there would be no guarantee that USA did not already fired Nuclear cruising missiles and their detection would be to late for salvation. That is for reasonable people permanent fear as stupid believe that first launch means victory but that is no case, If Russian early detection radar discovers threat than there is redundancy system which will automatically execute launch on all predetermined targets all around the world. Once that in motion nothing can stop it any more.
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      Russia needs to stop talking about wiping someone else out. That kind of talk is responsible for NATO growth in Eastern Europe near the birders.
    • avatar
      Russia and USA should use their money to something more constructive. No ?
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      l.in reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)
      slimyfox, too few has a view like you. People around this media think victory but only nature will survive. Would be great at the end.
    • avatar
      regardless, it's good to know of latest developments in the military sphere.
    • Kim Kyu-Un
      This is solid proof that Russia is NOT a threat to the USA anymore.
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      jimbogoofballin reply toslimyfox(Show commentHide comment)

      Looks like with this machine we won't have to live under zionist rule anymore once it is fired at yankeestan. Bravo Russia thanks so much.
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      jimbogoofballin reply tol.(Show commentHide comment)
      Russia and China both want to spend on investment. Silk Road. usa is trying to stop it. Russia & China do not enough to bankrupt usa. Bankrupting usa would be much better for all then bombing them. That's the strategy I would try first.
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