The Sarmat-28 intercontinental missile with which Putin threatens Lithuania and NATO will be ready by the end of the year

Russia on Tuesday threatened to sanction Lithuania with measures that would have a “serious negative impact” for blocking some rail shipments to the Moscow enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, the latest dispute over sanctions imposed over the war on Ukrainian territory.

Putin said that the new Sarmat-28 heavy intercontinental ballistic missile has been successfully tested and added that “it is planned that already by the end of the year the first such system will be put into service.” “We must actively develop weapon systems based on new physical principles. I am referring to lasers, electromagnetism and others, but a successful test launch of the heavy intercontinental missile ‘Sarmat’ has already been carried out and it is planned to be put into service by the end of the year,” said the president, who assured that the Russian Armed Forces “do not stop perfecting themselves”.

Developed at the V.P.Makeyev State Missile Center, it has a missile warhead – also known as Satan-2, according to NATO classification – which is multiple re-entry and has an individual guidance system for each munition.

“The new missile has the highest tactical and technical characteristics and is capable of overcoming all modern means of missile defense. It has no analogues in the world and will not have them for a long time,” Russian President Vladimir Putin proudly said when the projectile was unveiled.

The RS-28 Sarmat has a range of 18,000 kilometers and a takeoff mass of more than 200 tons, with a payload of about 10 tons. Its body, 35.5 meters long and three meters in diameter, can accommodate up to 178 tons of liquid fuel.
It will replace the world’s most powerful silo-based strategic missile, the RS-20V Voevoda (SS-18 Satan, according to NATO classification).

Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) are the projectiles that can travel the longest distance, over 5,500 kilometers. They are designed to carry explosive charges, which may be nuclear. They are propelled by engines at the beginning of their trajectory, but after that point they behave like an inert projectile, i.e., in accordance with the laws of ballistics.

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