Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his military had successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a big nuclear payload, but the Pentagon said the missile did not pose a substantial danger to the US. Russia’s most powerful ICBM is the RS-28 Sarmat, dubbed “Satan 2” by NATO.
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- It is a super-heavy, thermonuclear-armed intercontinental-range ballistic missile.
- The Sarmat was supposed to take the place of the Soviet-built Voevoda, which had three warheads and was designed in 1962.
- The Sarmat weighs 200 metric tonnes (220 tonnes) and has a longer range, allowing it to fly across the North and South poles and strike targets anywhere on the planet.
- The Sarmat, carries a greater number of more potent nuclear warheads.
- Other nations have given more instruments to resist Russia’s invasion, including the United States and Canada, which committed to deploy more heavy-duty weapons to Ukraine.
- In his 2014 invasion of Ukraine, Putin used nuclear threats to warn other countries about the risks of involvement, according to Kroenig, who is also a Georgetown University professor.
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