Russia claimed on Wednesday that it has successfully tested its Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, a new addition to its nuclear arsenal that President Vladimir Putin vowed would give Moscow’s adversaries pause.
Putin was shown on television being informed by the military that the missile was launched from Plesetsk in the country’s northwest and targeted targets on the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east.
“The new complex possesses the greatest tactical and technological features and is capable of defeating all contemporary anti-missile defence systems. It has no counterparts in the world and will not for a long time “Putin stated.
“This genuinely unique weapon will improve the fighting capacity of our armed forces, dependably safeguard Russia’s security from foreign threats, and offer food for thought for those who try to harm our nation in the heat of feverish hostile rhetoric.”
According to the Congressional Research Service, the Sarmat is a new heavy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile that Russia plans to deploy with ten or more warheads on each missile.
It has been in development for years, so its test launch comes as no surprise to the West, but it does so at a time of great geopolitical stress owing to Russia’s war in Ukraine.