(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – HAPPENING NOW: Russia has confirmed that its Satan II intercontinental ballistic missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, are now deployed and operational.
The missiles, also called Sarmat and labeled a “superweapon” by Russia, were first unveiled in 2018. It was initially planned for combat deployment by the close of 2022.
Yury Borisov, the chief of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, made a statement during a media event set up by the Russian Knowledge Society. He said, “The Sarmat strategic complex has been put on combat duty,” as TASS, the state news agency, conveyed.
This new Sarmat missile is set to replace the older Soviet-era Voyevoda intercontinental ballistic missile. The latter, a part of Russia’s weapons cache since 1988, is identified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan.
The capabilities of the Satan II missile are significant. Its reach is estimated to span between 6,200 to 11,800 miles. Moreover, it can transport a payload of up to 10 tons, which can house between 10 to 15 nuclear warheads, thus enabling it to target any spot globally.
Reflecting on the successful test launch of the Satan II missile from the previous year, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a pointed remark. He claimed that Satan II is unparalleled, stating that its existence would cause adversaries to “think twice” before making threats. He further cautioned that this missile can “overcome all modern means of anti-missile defense.”
When asked about this Russian “superweapon,” John Kirby, the White House National Security Council spokesperson, spoke to the media on a conference call. He said he couldn’t verify the claims regarding the operational status of the Satan II missiles.