On April 20, Russia successfully launched RS-28 Sarmat “heavy” intercontinental ballistic missile from a silo at the Plesetsk state testing cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the launch objectives have been met in full. This launch is the first one within the state test programme. After the completion of the testing programme, the Sarmat missile system will enter service with Strategic Missile Forces.
Sarmat system is a product solely of Russian production. It has been developed since the 2000s by specialists of V.P. Makeyev State Rocket Center JSC.
The missile’s mass and energy characteristics have fundamentally expanded its range of weaponry, both in the number of warheads and in types, including gliding hypersonic section.
Sarmat will replace R-36M2 Voevoda missiles, which have been the most powerful in the world and operational since 1970s.
Sarmat considerably exceeds the specifications of its predecessor. Some of its characteristics were disclosed at Army-2019 forum. The new missile weighs 208.1 tons, the payload is close to 10 tons and the fuel is 178 tons. The range of Sarmat is 18 thousand kilometers.