Putin gives update on newest Sarmat ICBM deployment

The Russian president says the first Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will enter combat duty by the end of 2022

Russia’s newest Sarmat nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will be deployed in 2022, President Vladimir Putin has said.

“We have successfully tested the Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. According to the plan, the first such system will enter combat duty at the end of the year,” Putin said in an address to graduating cadets on Tuesday.

The Sarmat was test-fired in April.

The missile will replace the older Voyevoda systems, also known by the NATO reporting name, SS-18 Satan.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said in April that the Sarmat, dubbed ‘Satan 2’, is the most powerful missile of its class in terms of range and warheads. It was designed to be “invincible” to all existing air defenses, he said.

Rogozin added that Sarmats are much faster than Voyevodas and “can strike targets at virtually unlimited range.”

Colonel General Sergey Karakayev, the commander of Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces, announced this month that modernization with top-notch combat-ready missiles, including the Sarmat and the Avangard hypersonic glide weapon, will reach 86% by the end of 2022.