Russia’s deadly new 15,880mph Satan-2 intercontinental missile set for testing

Russia will soon fire its new deadly, hypersonic, 208-ton ‘Satan-2’ intercontinental ballistic missile in a series of test flights.

The nation's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed launches of the 15,880 mph weapon will begin this year.

Once trials prove the missile to be satisfactory, it will become the biggest beast in Vladimir Putin’s modernised nuclear arsenal.

Sergei Shoigu said: "Flight tests [will begin] this year and should be completed in 2022.

"In 2022, the first batch should enter service with the strategic missile forces."

The first test of the fifth-generation silo-based liquid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile – called RS-28 Sarmat but known in the West as Satan-2 – will be "in the autumn", with a second before the end of the year.

A new video of the missile shows a poster boasting that Sarmat "does not need a visa" from the West.

The weapon can deliver a MIRV warhead that weighs up to ten tonnes to any point in the world flying over both the North and South Poles, say the Russians.

It has the capability to use trajectories and unpredictable routes which "substantially impede their destruction even by advanced missile defence systems", reported Izvestia.

Shoigu made the announcement as he visited Krasnoyarsk-based Krasmash, where serial production of the new Sarmat strategic missile system is planned.

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He was accompanied by the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin.

"We have seen how Krasmash is ready to fulfil a long-term contract for one of the most formidable weapons our country must have – the Sarmat missile," said Shoigu, a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"We have full confidence that Krasmash will fulfil its tasks."

The launches are expected to be from an underground silo at Plesetsk space centre in northwestern Russia hitting targets in Kamchatka on the country’s Pacific coast.

One test is likely to be at a maximum range of 11,200 miles.

Earlier footage shows the "invincible" hypersonic weapon, known in the West as 'Satan-2', emerging from its silo – pausing as if hovering above the ground, and then speeding to its target in a cloud of white smoke.

Today’s announcement comes amid high tension between Russia and the West.

Moscow boasts the new weapon can evade the United States’ defence shield and is capable of destroying an area the size of England and Wales — or Texas.

Sarmat replaces the R-36M2 Voevoda missiles, seen as the most powerful in the world and operational since the 1970s.

"Sarmat engines rapidly boost the missile to the safe zone and make it invulnerable for the missile defence until it reaches the main flight trajectory," said a TASS report.

It can fly by "unpredictable route" bypassing missile defence systems, say its designers.

It is also able to fly over the North and South Pole and “approach targets from directions that are not envisaged for interception”.

Serial production of Sarmat is starting at Krasmash, a machine-building offshoot of the Russian Space Agency in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

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