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Sarmat with unlimited range! What is that actually means?

What's with the post launch animation, has the missile actually been tested and where did it fall?
 

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Sarmat with unlimited range! What is that actually means?

What's with the post launch animation, has the missile actually been tested and where did it fall?
these systems are announced just today details are awaited, but some of the systems like Hyper glided vehicle, SARMAT ICBM are said to be already in Russian arsenal
 

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Key facts about Russia’s advanced Sarmat ICBM system
March 01, 2018
The missile complex was named after the nomadic Sarmatian tribes who lived in the 6th-4th centuries BC on the territory of present-day Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan



MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. In his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s Defense Ministry had launched an active phase jointly with enterprises of the rocket and space industry to test a new missile system with the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The RS-28 Sarmat is the Russian promising silo-based missile complex with the heavy liquid-propellant ICBM capable of carrying nuclear charges. Russia has been developing the Sarmat since the 2000s to replace the R-36M2 Voyevoda ICBM operational in the country’s Strategic Missile Force since 1988.

The missile complex was named after the nomadic Sarmatian tribes who lived in the 6th-4th centuries BC on the territory of present-day Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Project’s history
The state contract for the Sarmat R&D work was concluded on July 21, 2011. On the day of the 54th anniversary of the Strategic Missile Force on December 17, 2013, Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev officially announced for the first time about the system’s creation.

On May 31, 2014, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters that the heavy missile was "a unique weapon," which the United States lacked. He specified that "by its lifting capacity, it is capable of carrying such means of breaching anti-missile defense and using such a powerful propellant that it will be able to fly through the North and South Poles." According to the deputy defense minister, the missile will be furnished with "maneuvering warheads." Later, on February 21, 2015, he said that the missile would be developed in several modifications while the weight of the deliverable warhead would make up 10 tonnes.

The Sarmat ICBM prototype was ready in the autumn of 2015 while the timeframe of pop-up tests at the Plesetsk spaceport (the northern Arkhangelsk Region) was numerously rescheduled due to the unpreparedness of the silo-based launcher. On December 27, 2017, the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets reported about the first successful pop-up test of the missile prototype.

The Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant (part of the Makeyev State Rocket Center) is the principal enterprise for the production of Sarmat ICBM prototypes.

In 2013, Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said that the new missile complex was due to arrive for the Strategic Missile Force in 2018-2020. In May 2016, a TASS source in the defense sector said that the Sarmat would be accepted for service in late 2018.

Before the Sarmat is accepted for service, Russian defense manufacturers are taking measures to extend the service life of the R-36M2 Voyevoda missile (according to the data of open sources, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force operates 46 such ICBMs).

In his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018, President Putin said that with its weight of 200 tonnes, the Sarmat ICBM has a short active flight path, which complicates its intercept by ABM systems. According to Putin, the new missile’s range, the number and the yield of its warheads are greater than those of the Voyevoda ICBM. The Russian president said that the Sarmat would be furnished with a wide range of large-yield nuclear warheads (including hypersonic capabilities) and the most advanced systems of breaching ABM defenses.


http://tass.com/defense/992360
 

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Russia begins tests of promising Sarmat missile complex
March 01, 2018
The new missile system is capable of striking targets both via the North and the South Poles

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Russia has launched tests of new promising missile complex Sarmat, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday during his annual State of the Nation Address.

"We have launched the development of the new generation of missiles, and, in particular, the Defense Ministry jointly with the missile and space industry launched the active phase of tests of a new missile complex equipped with a heavy intercontinental missile. We called it Sarmat," Putin said.

The Russian president demonstrated the lawmakers and the senators from both houses of the Russian parliament a video showing the main technical characteristics of the Sarmat missile complex, which in particular has an unlimited flight distance.

According to Putin, "this missile complex will replace the Voyevoda ICBM complex, which was designed in the times of the Soviet Union."

"Everyone has been always acknowledging its high combat potential and our foreign colleagues gave it a very threatening name, but the technical capabilities of the Sarmat system are much higher," the Russian president said and named some of the characteristics of the new missile system.
"With the total weight of over 200 tons it has a short active flight path, which complicates its intercept by ABM systems," he said. "The new heavy missile’s range, the number and yield of its warheads are greater compared to the Voyevoda missile."

Putin said that the Sarmat would be armed with a broad variety of nuclear warheads, including the supersonic ones, and would be equipped with the cutting-edge technologies of penetrating anti-missile systems.

"High protection characteristics of launching pads and enormous power efficiency will provide for the operation of this missile complex under any condition and in any situation," the president stated. "While the Voyevoda has a flight range of 11,000 kilometers, the new system has practically no distance limits."

The new missile system, Putin continued, "is capable of striking targets both via the North and the South Poles."

"The Sarmat is a very formidable weapon and due to its characteristics none of the perspective ABM systems pose an obstacle to it," Putin added.

http://tass.com/defense/992191
 

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Russia Is Testing Its Most Powerful Intercontinental-Range Ballistic Missile
Russia is in the process of testing its latest and most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile.

By Franz-Stefan Gady
March 02, 2018

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Russia has been testing its deadliest nuclear weapon currently under development, the super-heavy thermonuclear-armed intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) RS-28 Sarmat (NATO designation: SS-X-29 Satan 2), Russian President Vladimir Putin announced during his annual State of the Union address on March 1.

“We have launched the development of the new generation of missiles, and, in particular, the Defense Ministry jointly with the missile and space industry launched the active phase of tests of a new missile complex equipped with a heavy intercontinental missile. We called it Sarmat,” Putin said, according to TASS news agency.

A video released during the Russian president’s speech appears to confirm that a much anticipated ejection test — which tests the mechanism of a missile leaving its launch container — has taken place. The launch (there is ongoing speculation about the precise nature of the test) apparently occurred in December 2017 at the Plesetsk space center, located in Arkhangelsk Oblast, approximately 800 kilometers north of Moscow.

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The December 2017 test is only the second test of the Sarmat ICBM. “So far, we know of one single test of the new weapon system. In August 2016, the Sarmat’s first stage engine, named PDU-99, was tested. Analysts believe that the engine is a modified version of the RD-274 liquid rocket engine used on the RS-36M ICBMs. However, it is unclear whether the test was successful or not,” I reported in January 2017.

The Sarmat is expected to enter service by 2020, replacing Soviet era RS-36M Voyevoda
ICBMs, which have constituted the backbone of Russia’s silo-based strategic nuclear forces for the past 25 years. However, the program has encountered multiple delays and it is highly unlikely that the missile will be operational by then.

Some of the delays in testing were “due to the unpreparedness of the silo-based launcher,” according to Russian media reports.

“With the total weight of over 200 tons it has a short active flight path, which complicates its intercept by ABM systems,” Putin said on March 1. “The new heavy missile’s range, the number and yield of its warheads are greater compared to the Voyevoda missile.” The new ICBM will reportedly be twice as light as the Voyevoda.

As I explained last year:

The Sarmat can reportedly carry 10 heavy or 15 (some sources say 16) lighter warheads. The new ICBM can allegedly also be fitted with a new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), the YU-71, currently in development under the secret Project 4202. (…) The YU-71 is a warhead purportedly capable of penetrating any Western missile defense system. (…) Each warhead [allegedly] has an explosive yield of up to 750 kilotons.
In his address, Putin noted that a new HGV has purportedly entered serial production. “I can tell you that we have all this already and it works well. Moreover, Russia’s industry has begun to batch-produce this system. It is yet another type of strategic weapon at Russia’s disposal,” he said. “We’ve called it Avangard.” The Yu-71 and Avangard appear to be one and the same system.

Additionally, the Russian president noted:

New composite materials have allowed for coping with the problem of keeping the winged vehicle under control during a prolonged flight amid plasma. In fact, while approaching the target it looks like a meteorite. A fireball. The temperature on its surface may reach 1,600-2,000 Celsius. Control of the winged vehicle remains reliable all the way.
In October 2016, the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau posted a declassified picture of the Sarmat on its website for the first time. The ICBM is being built by the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant.

https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/russia-is-testing-its-most-powerful-intercontinental-range-ballistic-missile/
 

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Russia completes trials of miniaturized nuclear reactor for missiles, underwater drones
March 04, 2018
The source described West’s policies regarding Moscow as "strategic blindness to Russia and its capabilities"

MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Russia has completed the trials of a miniaturized nuclear power unit to be installed on cruise missiles and underwater drones, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Saturday.

"Russia has completed the trials of miniaturized nuclear power units for cruise missiles of unlimited range and for autonomous submersibles of an oceanic multi-purpose system. To date, those technologies have been designed and put into practice only by Russia," the source said.

The source said that Russia had sent signals to "its uncooperative Western partners" in the past, intended to show them "the futility of their attempts to neutralize our strategic potential by the deployment of missile shield elements."

Those signals included a leak about Russia’s project to build underwater drones of unlimited range, which was made on purpose several years ago in a bid to spur a dialogue on global security with Western partners.

"Instead, our Western counterparts have made a serious mistake because of their illusion of superiority and technological advantage. They have chosen to ignore our signals. Now it’s they who have to catch up and bear all due consequences, first of all for the purses of their taxpayers," the source said.

The source described West’s policies regarding Moscow as "strategic blindness to Russia and its capabilities."

"That’s why one of important ideas voiced during the [president’s State of the Nation] address is a proposal to stop fuelling a new arms race and to start searching for ways of preserving peace," he said.

On Thursday, in his speech to the Federal Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the most advanced systems of strategic weapons, developed in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) and practical deployment of missile shield elements both inside the US and outside its borders.

Among the new cutting-edge weapons are the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, the Kinzhal hypersonic weapons system, a nuclear-armed cruise missile, as well as a dual-capable unmanned underwater vehicle, which is meant for conventional and nuclear missions.

http://tass.com/defense/992666
 

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Russia’s Avangard strategic systems enter series production - source
March 03, 2018
The United States’ anti-missile defense systems have no combat value after Russia presented new weaponry, a military-diplomatic source added

MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russia has begun series production of strategic missile systems Avangard equipped with a glide vehicle, a military-diplomatic source said on Saturday.

"It is time for our Western counterparts to perceive new reality. Russian Kinzhals are on duty, while Avangard [systems] have entered series production," he said.

The missiles "which Americans are determined to roll out as a global anti-missile and air defense system, have no military value now after Russia’s presentations of new weapons," sourse added.

"There is no sense in shielding positioning areas and various military groups with them now," he noted. "There is neither protection nor antidotes against the Russian Kinzhal systems capable of flying at a speed of 10 Mach.".

Negotiations
Western counterparts should sit at the negotiating table and hold talks about overwhelming security with regard to the most advanced weapons developed by Russia, a military-diplomatic source said.

Russia possesses the cutting-edge multi-tasking oceanic system with autonomous underwater vehicles, the brand-new Avangard hypersonic strategic system and other super contemporary systems mentioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation Address. "Moreover, the new generation precision weapons are on combat duty," the source specified.

"They need to realize it and sit at the negotiating table to talk about overwhelming security but not saber-rattling. The parity should not be breached as the United States and NATO have been attempting for many years," he said.

Russia has more than once called on Western counterparts to restart talks on global security and stability, the source said.
"We have been reiterating that Washington’s deployment of the global anti-missile defense system will end in nothing. Moreover, in 2007 we leaked classified information about the Sarmat strategic missile system, being under development then," he said. "No, we said nothing about the work on a nuclear-armed cruise missile and taken every measure possible to keep it secret. However, all required tests were performed on the weapon in full. Their results made it possible to assert with a 100% confidence that the project has been ‘polished’ and implemented."

It is time for the West to accept the new reality, rather than to keep "harping on" about the anti-missile defense system along with other bygone weapons.

"Nobody, but Russia, has a hypersonic weapon," he underlined.

Speaking about the West’s allegations that Russia had breached the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), the source pointed out that "There is no point for Russia in violating the INF Treaty as the new weapons are not subject to it."

The strategic missile system Avangard
In his address to the Federal Assembly, President Vladimir Putin told about the advanced Avangard strategic missile complexes with glide vehicles.

Later, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force Commander Sergei Karakayev said that the testing of advanced Avangard strategic missile complexes with glide vehicles had been completed.

"Creating the strategic missile system Avangard, equipped with a glide vehicle, has become a no less efficient response to the deployment of the American anti-missile defenses. Its testing has been successfully completed," he said.

New weapons systems
On Thursday, in his speech to the Federal Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the most advanced systems of strategic weapons, developed in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) and practical deployment of the ABM shield both inside the US and outside its borders.

Among the new cutting-edge weapons are the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, the Kinzhal hypersonic weapons system, a nuclear-armed cruise missile, as well as a dual-capable unmanned underwater vehicle, which is meant for conventional and nuclear missions.

http://tass.com/defense/992643
 

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My fellow Yanks, we developed some solutions that you are not aware of. It is a pity to see that no journalist in the Western world has managed to approach the very basic working principles yet, allowing these novel weapons to work at such incredible speeds even in the denser part of the atmosphere, while maintaining high maneuverability, although the technique developed by our plasma physicists has been operational for decades. I must admit that only one scientist has managed to see things clearly recently (not everything is perfect in what he says, but still) in a detailed explanation he just shared.

 

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My fellow Yanks, we developed some solutions that you are not aware of. It is a pity to see that no journalist in the Western world has managed to approach the very basic working principles yet, allowing these novel weapons to work at such incredible speeds even in the denser part of the atmosphere, while maintaining high maneuverability, although the technique developed by our plasma physicists has been operational for decades. I must admit that only one scientist has managed to see things clearly recently (not everything is perfect in what he says, but still) in a detailed explanation he just shared.

Its because your fellow Yanks are way superior than Russia in terms of tech. Whenever Russia move a step the US moves 10 ahead.
 

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