Russia is planning to deploy the newly-tested Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Sarmat, capable of carrying out nuclear strikes on any target in the world, including the United States, by evading all modern defense systems. The missiles will be deployed by next autumn, a country official said.
Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, described the new missile as “ambitious”. Russia last Wednesday test-fired the missile for the first time. Western military experts say more needs to be done about the missile before it can be deployed.
Russia’s new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat is capable of carrying 10 or more warheads simultaneously. Russia has continued to build these weapons for the past few years. Sarmat is capable of hitting the United States or Europe thousands of miles away from Russia.
Russia successfully test-fired the missile last week for the first time last week after a long delay due to funding crunch and technical problems. Russia’s military might has been demonstrated at a time when Russia is at loggerheads with the United States and its allies over the Ukraine war.
In an interview with Russian state television, Rogozin said a unit of the missile would be deployed in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, about 3,000 kilometers from Moscow.
He said Soviet-era Voyvoda missiles would be lifted and new missiles would be deployed. This can save a lot of money and time. Rogozin said the deployment of super-weapons Sarmat was a historic event that would ensure the safety of Russian children and their grandchildren for the next 30 to 40 years.
Since the start of the February 24 invasion of Ukraine at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Western concerns about the risk of nuclear war have grown. In a speech before the start of the war in Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin hinted at Moscow’s nuclear capability and warned that any attempt by Russia to halt the operation would “lead the world to a never-before-seen event in its history.”
Last month, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the risk of nuclear conflict was once unthinkable, but now it is back in the realm of possibility.