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Russia Tests New 'Modern' Ballistic Missile

02 April, 2018, 11:05 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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It also accelerates faster, which could help it elude missile defense systems.

The heavy missile was test-dropped at the northern Plesetsk spaceport.

The new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile underwent an ejection test at the Plesetsk state test cosmodrome.

Russia's ministry of defence shared a video of the launch on Twitter, with the Sarmat missile set to replace the Soviet-era Veovoda missile.

The Russian military says it has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile. "He added that Sarmat also carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on Satan".

Dozens of Russian diplomats were expelled this week from consulates in the USA and Britain, followed closely by the reciprocal closure of a us consulate in St. Petersberg.

President Vladimir Putin said during his annual speech in parliament earlier this month that Russian Federation had begun the active phase of Sarmat testing.




He also had said the new missiles would make any North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense "completely useless" and are "invincible".

"No, such a phrase was not spoken during the talk and these reports have nothing to do with reality", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

Experts have said Putin's claims about the missile were hyperbolic, given that Russia's current Voyevoda-class ICBMs can already easily overwhelm the U.S.' missile defenses, as they could have in the Cold War.

Putin has since said he does not want an arms race.

Vladimir Putin kicked off March by nuking Florida in a demonstration video to boast about Russia's new "invincible" weapons.

He said the Sarmat missile is "a new weapon in response to the deployment of missile defense by the USA overseas".

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