Russia said on Wednesday it has successfully tested its new intercontinental ballistic missile (IBM) called Sarmat – a strategic weapon President Vladimir Putin said had no analogs elsewhere and would provide food for thought for those who attempt to threaten Russia amid the ongoing military conflict with Ukraine.
Putin was shown on TV being briefed by the military that the missile had been launched from Plesetsk in the country’s northwest and hit targets in the Kamchatka peninsula in the far east, it reported.
“I congratulate you on the successful launch of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile,” Putin said to the army.
“This truly unique weapon will strengthen the combat potential of our armed forces, reliably ensure the security of Russia from external threats and make those who, in the heat of aggressive rhetoric, try to threaten our country, think twice,” Putin added.
The Sarmat is a new heavy IBM that the country is expected to deploy with 10 or more warheads on each missile, according to the US Congressional Research Service.
It has been under development for years and it comes at a moment of geopolitical tension due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
“Sarmat is the most powerful missile with the longest range of destruction of targets in the world, which will significantly increase the combat power of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces,” the ministry said.