Russia is warning that new tests of its deadly missile hypersonic “Satan-2” are inevitable and the most important weapon ever built by the Kremlin is on the verge of “serial production”.
Vladimir Putin’s space chief, Dmitry Rogozin, was seen inspecting the giant rocket as it was delivered to a forest in Siberia via rail.
“The world’s most powerful nuclear-tipped missile with a global range is being prepared for new tests and serial production,” Rogozin said.
Last month, he called the hypersonic missile “the doomsday weapon”, while the name “Sarmat” is also attributed to it.
Russian state television and politicians have regularly suggested the use of the missile during the crisis in Ukraine.
The head of Roscosmos recently visited the Krasmash defense plant in Krasnoyarsk, eastern Siberia, to inspect the Sarmat production process for flight tests.
The first and so far only test launch of a “Satan-2” was on April 20 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Despite this, Russia is committed to fielding the missile with the country’s strategic missile forces by the end of the year.
In April, Putin’s close ally Rogozin said there would be “several more tests to prove the compliance of the systems with the technical parameters set by the main customer, which is the Ministry of Defense of Russia.”
He has also said that mass production of the 208-ton, 15,880-mile-per-hour hypersonic missile is “on schedule” and will begin no later than the fall, suggesting there will be some tests to come.
The weapon is the size of a 14-story tower, and Rogozin has said that “Satan-2” is far more advanced than any other weapon the West currently has.
“In terms of technical performance, what they have in their arsenal certainly lags behind what we have,” he said recently.
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