The first launch of the newest fifth-generation silo-based liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) “Sarmat” is scheduled for this fall, reported on Wednesday, August 4, TASS citing a source in the military-industrial complex.
He specified that in 2021, two test launches of “Sarmat” are planned.
“The first launch of the Sarmat within the framework of the LCI, presumably, will take place in the fall, the second – at the end of 2021,” the agency’s interlocutor said.
At the same time, there is no official confirmation of the launch yet.
On June 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Sarmat ICBM, the Zircon hypersonic missile and the new S-500 air defense system would soon be on alert. He noted that hypersonic weapons – the Avangard and Dagger complexes – have already been put on alert.
In December last year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel-General Sergei Karakaev, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, said that the Sarmat ICBM would take up combat duty in 2022.
ICBM “Sarmat” (strategic complex RS-28) was developed at the State Missile Center named after Makeeva. According to experts, “Sarmat” can deliver a multiple warhead weighing up to 10 tons anywhere in the world, both through the North and South Poles. The missile can deliver warheads along trajectories that significantly complicate their destruction even with promising missile defense systems.