Moscow: The Russian defence sources informed that the ‘Satan-II’ hypersonic missile would be tested over the next few months. This missile weighs about 208 tons and has a range of 18,000 kilometres. Moreover, Russian President Putin has directed to speed up the production of the hypersonic missile that can bypass any defence system in the world. Last year, President Putin had mentioned the Satan-2 missile in an interview.
‘In 2021, three tests of intercontinental missile, Satan-II, will be conducted. The tests will be conducted from Plesetsk space centre in northwestern Russia. The missile to be tested have a range over 18,000 kilometres,’ Russian defence sources informed. Moreover, Russian news agency TASS reported that ‘Satan-II’ would enter service after the remaining tests get completed next year, and the process for its purchase has been initiated.
Furthermore, the intercontinental ballistic missile, also known as RS-28 Sarmat, can carry ten large thermonuclear warheads or 16 small warheads. The ICBM can demolish an area as large as the US State of Texas, claimed a Russian official. Besides, Russia also said that ‘Satan-II’ could fly across the North and South pole.
In the past decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated the plan to modernise the Russian Armed Forces. Accordingly, in the last few years, Russia has been consistently producing weaponry and defence systems based on new technology. These also include systems based on hypersonic as well as electromagnetic technology. In the last three years, Putin began aggressive demonstrations of the newly developed missiles. Moreover, the show of strength aims to pressurise the United States and European nations.
Last year, Russia declared its ‘Nuclear Deterrent Policy’. As per the policy, apart from nuclear strikes, Russia also reserves the right to retaliate to conventional attacks with nuclear weapons.