The latest Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile “Sarmat” is being prepared at the Plesetsk Space Centre in Russia, according to General Valery Gerasimov. The RS-28 Sarmat Missile is an intercontinental ballistic missile, liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, heavy thermonuclear missile, development by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau.
“The first launch of the Sarmat Missile took place at the end of December last year and is currently in full swing at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome for thrust test. The Thrust tests of the Sarmat Missile complex involves working out more than 50 tasks, added Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev, commander of the Strategic Missile Force. “The main purpose of the tests is to analyze the Sarmat Missile’s mortar launch, its initial movement with the output from the silo launcher and the eventual launch,” he said.
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The Krasnoyarsk machine-building plant (“Krasmash”) has completed the production of the missile mock-up, it has already been loaded into a shaft installation in Plesetsk, said Sergei Karakayev. “To ensure testing at Krasmash JSC, the production of the prototype of the Sarmat Missile rocket, which was delivered to the 1st State Test Space Space Center has been completed, with transportation to the launch site and loaded into the silo launcher” , – he added.
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Karakayev said that assembly work is currently underway, as preparations are being made for electrical checks and refuelling of the product with rocket fuel components. “Works on the preparation of tests are conducted in accordance with the schedule and are provided with all necessary resources,” he added.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin in his message to the Federal Assembly on March 1 spoke about a number of new developments in weapons systems that have no analogues in the world. Among them is the new intercontinental ballistic missile “Sarmat”.
The commander of the Strategic Missile Forces also noted that the mass-dimensional characteristics of Sarmat Missile would allow placing this missile in existing silo launchers with minimal improvements to the infrastructure.