Russia test fires ballistic missile Satan 2 that could wipe out entire countries
Russia has carried out a successful test of its Satan 2 nuclear missile on Thursday night, according to the Kremlin.
The 100-tonne weapons – which could enter service as early as 2019 – could wipe out a whole country with a single strike.
Russian President Vladimir Putin personally conducted the launch of four ballistic missiles as part of a training exercise of Russia’s nuclear forces, according to AP.
“The commander in chief conducted the launch of four intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, adding that the training exercise was not connected with any international events.
The drills were conducted on Thursday when the country’s forces saw the launching of intercontinental ballistic missile RS-28 Sarmat or the deadly Satan 2, which was fired from the Plestek Cosmodrome, in Russia’s north and travelled 3,600 miles before hitting a target on the Kura test range.
The rocket, also known as RS-28 Sarmat, was fired from the Plestek Cosmodrome and travelled 3,600 miles before hitting a target on the Kura test range.
Three submarines capable of carrying nuclear warheads also carried out successful ballistic missile tests, while three bombers hit ground targets with cruise missiles.
The weapon is said to be capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads and could wipe out a whole country with a single strike.
The Kremlin further said President Vladimir Putin was present there and himself test-launched the ballistic missiles.
Russia has “carried out an exercise to manage its strategic forces,” the defence ministry statement said. “All objectives of the training have been successfully completed.”
The drills took place amid heightened international tensions after North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month. Russia shares a border with North Korea.